Heart Disease

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Women who have hot flashes may be at higher risk of future heart problems

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 50 years old and recently started having menopause symptoms, including a lot of hot flashes. Is it true that frequent hot flashes could be a sign of heart disease? Should I see my health care provider to get my heart checked?

ANSWER: A direct association between hot flashes and heart disease hasn't been found. However, research suggests that women who have hot flashes may be at a higher risk of having heart problems in the future than women who don't have them. It would be a good idea for you to talk with your health care provider about your hot flashes and assess your risk for heart disease overall.

Hot flashes -- sudden feelings of warmth, often over...