Susan Hoﬀstetter, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAANP, is a professor at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health, Division of Uro-Gynecology, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Intended audience: This continuing education (CE) activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners who provide care for menopausal and postmenopausal women. Continue reading
Frequent hot flashes in younger middle-aged women may be a sign of a higher risk of vascular disease, researchers found.
Writing in Menopause, the authors examined 272 non-smoking women ages 40 to 60 years. They examined their endothelial cell function and the effect of hot flashes on the ability of the inner lining of these blood vessels to dilate. While there was a significant association between hot flashes and endothelial cell function among women ages 40 to 53 years, there was no association for older women (ages 50 to 64 years). These associations occurred independent of other heart disease risk factors.
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The sleep woes that many women suffer during menopause may be more than a nuisance: New research suggests a link between lost sleep and an increase in risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
When loss of sleep was measured both objectively and subjectively, the researchers found it correlated with a higher risk of plaque buildup in blood vessels and a thickening of artery walls. Continue reading