Menopause is a time where women develop an increase in the risk of heart disease. Women who experience more frequent or more severe hot flashes during menopause are more likely to have conditions that raise the risk of having heart problems, according to data presented at the North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that women with more frequent or severe hot flashes were more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, as well as plaque buildup in the arteries around the heart. They found that these women had a 50 to 77 percent increased risk of future heart disease. For women who experience frequent hot flashes, it’s important to see a gynecologist or your primary care provider to learn treatment options.