High Blood Pressure And Hot Flashes

Sure, menopause may be decades away, but did you know that if you have high blood pressure during your pregnancy, it may lead to increased menopausal discomforts such as hot flashes and night sweats?

Blood pressure during pregnancy

A recent study has linked hypertension during pregnancy to an increased chance of more hot flashes and night sweats during and after menopause. Even though menopause may not be knocking at your door any time soon, it can be good to know what to expect, and it’s kind of nifty that you may have an inkling at what the future may hold.

Hypertension and menopause

Researchers studied 853 women who visited a cardiology clinic in Kampen, the Netherlands. Out of this group, 274 women reported a history of hypertension during pregnancy. It was found that 82 percent of these moms had experienced hot flashes and night sweats, compared to 75 percent of women who didn’t have pregnancy-related hypertension. Although the difference isn’t a huge one, it’s still noteworthy. Researchers discovered that those with a hypertension history tended to have more intense hot flashes and night sweats as well.

It was noted that at least half of the women studied also had cardiovascular symptoms (unsurprising as they checked out the population of a cardio clinic) so they can’t say for sure if this distinction would apply to all middle-aged women, but it does give credence that there is a biological link to pregnancy-induced hypertension, cardiovascular disease and increased menopausal symptoms.

Pregnancy-induced hypertension

During pregnancy, your blood pressure is monitored frequently. It is taken and noted at every visit, and if you have an increase, you will will likely be monitored more closely. Generally, once your blood pressure reaches (or exceeds) 140/90, you will be considered hypertensive.

Pregnancy-induced hypertension can have a multitude of effects, from preterm labor to low-birthweight babies, but the most severe cases lead to preeclampsia, a condition whose only true cure is the birth of your baby.

In any case, any blood pressure issues will be checked out frequently by your care provider, and you can take comfort in the fact that you’re in the best hands possible -- modern medicine is amazing.

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