Hot flushes reduce risk of heart attack
Hot flushes and night sweats may be a blessing in disguise for millions of women beginning the menopause, research suggests.
A new study shows women plagued by the nuisance symptoms at the start of "the change" have a reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Scientists cannot yet explain the trend, identified from an analysis of data on 60,000 women taking part in a major US study.
But they say it is good news for women who are known to become more vulnerable to heart disease after the menopause.
Hot flushes are caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the skin and are linked to hormone imbalances.
The findings will appear in the June issue of the journal Menopause.