Hot flashes and blood pressure in midlife women

Lisa Gallicchio, Susan R. Miller, Howard Zacur, Jodi A. Flaws

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Abstract

Objectives: Recent epidemiological studies suggest that hot flashes may have a detrimental impact on the cardiovascular system. The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between hot flashes and blood pressure among women aged 45-54 years who had never used hormone therapy. Study design: Data were analyzed from 603 women who participated in the Midlife Health Study, a cross-sectional study conducted in the Baltimore Metropolitan region. Main outcome measures: All participants came to the clinic where systolic and diastolic blood pressures were measured, height and weight were assessed, and a questionnaire was administered that ascertained detailed data on history of hot flashes and participant demographics and health habits. Results: The data showed that 56.9% of the participants reported ever experiencing hot flashes. In the age-adjusted analyses, both systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly and positively associated with hot flashes. However, the estimates were markedly attenuated and not statistically significant after adjustment for age, race, smoking status, current alcohol use, body mass index, and use of an anti-hypertensive agent or a cholesterol-lowering medication. Similar results were observed for moderate or severe hot flashes, hot flashes experienced for one or more years, and hot flashes experienced within the previous 30 days. Conclusions: These findings indicate that hot flashes are not significantly associated with blood pressure during midlife.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalMaturitas
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease risk
  • Hot flashes
  • Menopause
  • Midlife

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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