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As Menopause Symptoms Get Worse, Heart May Pay a Price

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In a study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, researchers found that as menopausal symptom severity increased, so too did artery stiffening and disfunction of blood vessels, along with lower quality of life. Investigators tracked outcomes for 138 menopausal women to compare mood, menopause symptoms, and quality of life with markers of vascular aging. Previous studies showed a strong association between "hot flashes" and increased risk of heart disease and death, while this study revealed that the frequency, but not the severity, of hot flashes was specifically linked to greater arterial stiffening and blood vessel dysfunction. For more details, read the U.S. News and World Report article.