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Hot Flashes
Signal Concern
for Heart Health
HOT FLASHES, WHICH TYPICALLY
come on suddenly and cause
flushing and sweating, can continue
for years during menopause-and
they're not just an annoyance.
Women who experienced
frequent hot flashes have double
the risk of cardiovascular events
such as heart attack or stroke,
according to research presented
at the annual meeting of the North
American Menopause Society.
The study participants who had
persistent hot flashes had an
80 percent higher risk of heart
attack or stroke in the 20 years
they were followed.
The data was from the Study of
Women's Health Across the Nation,
a 20-year examination of the health
of women during menopause.

Statins Not Linked to
Cognitive Problems
IT'S GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE
prescribed medication to lower
their cholesterol: A large Australian
study showed no connection
between taking statin drugs and
problems with memory or thinking.
Some people have reported
memory loss or confusion while
taking statins, leading to a label
warning for these drugs in the U.S.
But there has been limited evidence
to show statins cause these issues.
The study, published in
November in the Journal of the
American College of Cardiology,
followed more than 1,000 people
over six years. Researchers found
the rate of cognitive decline was the
same for those who used statins
and those who didn't.

ACT ON IT

Tell your doctor
if you experience
side effects from
your medications.
To learn more
about a particular
medication,
including side effects
and precautions, visit
medlineplus.gov/
druginformation.
html.

75%

Proportion of women who
will experience hot flashes
during menopause
Source: North American
Menopause Society

6 Ways to Lower Cholesterol
ACT ON IT

PHOTOS BY GETTY IMAGES

Talk to your doctor about
your options for relieving menopause
symptoms, including hot flashes,
if you're entering midlife. For help
understanding menopause, use the
Hormone Health Network's Menopause
Map and create a customized guide
for your journey. Visit hormone.org/
menopausemap/index.html.

1 Eat a variety of
fruits, vegetables,
whole grains and
lean meats.
2 Limit the
amount of
saturated and
trans fats you eat.

3 Maintain a
healthy weight.
4 Get 30 minutes of
physical activity a day.
5 Manage
your stress.
6

Quit smoking.

Source: MedlinePlus

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