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Hot flashes are typically brief, lasting from about 30 seconds to few minutes. Question Of How Long During Woman's Lifetime That Hot Flashes Last Is Different One. Traditionally, it was believed that women only experience hot flashes for few years. More recent data suggest many women may experience hot flashes for longer time periods. In study from University of Pennsylvania, mean duration of hot flashes was 4. 9 years, but up to third of women continue to have hot flashes for up to 10 years. In Study of Women Across Nation, women had hot flashes for average of 7. 4 years total and for average of 4. 5 years after last menstrual period. Complex hormonal changes that accompany aging process, in particular declining levels of estrogen as woman approach menopause, are thought to be underlying cause of hot flashes. Disorder in thermoregulation is responsible for heat sensation, but exact way in which changing hormone levels affect thermoregulation is not fully understood. Hot flashes are considered to be characteristic of menopausal transition. They also occur in men and in circumstances other than perimenopause in women as result of certain uncommon medical conditions that affect process of thermoregulation. For example, carcinoid syndrome, which results from type of endocrine tumor that secretes large amounts of hormone serotonin, can cause hot flashes. Hot flashes can also develop as side effect of some medications and sometimes occur with severe infections or cancers that may be associated with fevers and / or night sweats. How do medical professionals diagnose cause of hot flashes? Hot flashes are symptom, not medical condition. Taking thorough medical history, health-care professionals will usually be able to determine whether woman is having hot flashes. Patients will be asked to describe hot flashes, including how and when they occur, and if there are other associated symptoms. Physical examination together with medical history can help determine cause of hot flashes and direct further testing if necessary. Blood tests may be performed if diagnosis is unclear, either to measure hormone levels or to look for signs of other conditions that could be responsible for hot flashes. Traditionally, hot flashes have been with either oral or transdermal forms of estrogen. Hormone Therapy or postmenopausal Hormone Therapy, formerly referred to as Hormone replacement Therapy, consists of estrogens alone or combination of estrogens and progesterone. All available prescription estrogen medications, whether oral or transdermal, are effective in reducing frequency of hot flashes and their severity. Research indicates that these medications decrease frequency of hot flashes. However, long-term studies of women receiving combined hormone Therapy with both estrogen and progesterone were halt when it was discovered that these women had increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and breast when compared with women who do not receive hormone Therapy.

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Overview

Hot Flash Is Sudden Feeling Of Warmth In Upper Body, Which Is Usually Most Intense Over Face, Neck And Chest. Your skin might be as if you're blushing. Hot flash also cause sweating. If you lose too much body heat, you might chilled afterward. Night sweats are hot flashes that happen night, and they may disrupt your sleep. Although other medical conditions can cause them, hot most commonly are due to menopause time when menstrual periods become irregular and eventually stop. In fact, hot flashes are most common symptom of menopausal transition. There are variety of treatments for bothersome hot flashes.

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Symptoms

For most women, hot flashes and trouble sleeping are biggest problems associated with menopause. But, some women have other symptoms, as irritability and mood swings, anxiety and depression, headaches, and even heart palpitations. Many of these problems, like mood swings and depression, are often improved by getting better night's sleep. Discussing mood issues with your doctor can help you identify cause, screen for severe depression, and choose most appropriate intervention. For depression, your doctor prescribe antidepressant medication. If you want to change your lifestyle to see if you can reduce your symptoms, or if you decide any of your symptoms are severe to need treatment, talk with your doctor.

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