Hot Flashes and Heart Rate

Hot flashes are the most common symptoms of menopause.Hot flashes are the most common symptoms of menopause. If you are unaware of the symptoms and suddenly experience hot flashes and with heart rate changes, it can be distressing. Fortunately, there is plenty of information on how best to deal with hot flashes and changes in heart rate.

What's the Relationship between Hot Flashes and Heart Rate?

Quick Fact:
Some symptoms of menopause such as irregular periods, hot flashes, or nausea can actually mislead women into thinking they are pregnant.

Nearly 75% of women experience hot flashes during menopause. Hot flashes and an accelerated heart rate are a result of intense heat in the upper part of the body. Women who are suffering from hot flashes will start to break into a sweat and experience a flushing of the skin in the face, neck, and chest. Since hot flashes increase the body's temperature, the affects can be similar to that of a minor fever – in which an increased heart rate is a natural occurrence. During a hot flash, heart rates can increase between eight and 16 beats per minute. Hot flashes and increased heart rate last in average around four minutes, although they can vary in length and severity.

The intensity of hot flashes usually falls into one of the following categories:

Mild hot flashes. They result in a minimal change in body temperature that is so mild it may go unnoticed.

Moderate hot flashes. They are often combined with sweating and an accelerated heart rate.

Severe hot flashes. They result in profuse sweating and heart palpitations, they can be overwhelming to the point that immediate medical relief is required.

Having outlined the major symptoms of hot flashes and heart rate changes, it is necessary to understand their original causes in order to deal with them properly. The following contains an explanation of the different causes of hot flashes and heart rate changes.

What Causes Hot Flashes and Changes in Heart Rate?

Quick fact:
Some women experience heart rates of up to 200 beats a minute during their hot flashes.

Hot flashes and heart rate acceleration are the result of several factors. The primary cause is believed to be linked to the lowered production of estrogen during menopause. This causes the hypothalamus (internal thermostat) to falsely believe  that body temperature has increased. The body then tries to cool down by increasing the heart rate and dilating the blood vessels to release heat. A woman then feels hot and can perspire excessively, become cold, and even nauseous.

What Can Be Done about Hot Flashes and Changes in Heart Rate?

Decreased estrogen levels cause hot flashesHot flashes and heart rate acceleration are often associated with decreased estrogen levels in a woman's body during menopause. It is essential to maintain stable hormonal levels during menopause. That means keeping healthy through a good diet and exercise regime. In addition, some alternative medicines and herbal remedies can regulate the hormonal imbalance.   A balance between a healthy lifestyle and natural remedies is regarded as the most effective way to treat hot flashes and heart rate acceleration.

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