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Menopausal hot flashes: Randomness or rhythmicity.
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PMID:  12779925     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Menopausal hot flashes are episodes of flushing, increased heart rate, skin blood flow and skin temperature, and a sensation of heat. The thermoregulatory and cardiovascular concomitants of hot flashes are associated with peaks in the levels of various hormones and neurotransmitters in the peripheral circulation. Although hot flashes affect about 75% of women, and are the primary reason that women at menopause seek medical attention, the mechanism of hot flashes is still not understood. Hot flashes vary in frequency and intensity both within and between individuals, and have been thought of as occurring randomly. Yet, some women report that their hot flashes are worse at a particular time of day or year. Initial examination of subjects' recordings of their hot flashes showed diurnal patterns of hot flash occurrence. There also seems to be a diurnal rhythm of hot flash intensity. Continuous physiological monitoring of hot flashes is facilitating the analysis of these patterns, which is revealing circadian and ultradian periodicities. The occurrence of hot flashes can be modulated by external and internal factors, including ambient temperature and fever. Rhythms of thermoregulatory and endocrine functions also may influence hot flash patterns. Examination of the interrelationships between the various systems of the body involved in hot flashes, and a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of hot flash patterns, will aid our understanding of this complex phenomenon.
Authors:
Fredi Kronenberg
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chaos (Woodbury, N.Y.)     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1089-7682     ISO Abbreviation:  Chaos     Publication Date:  1991 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-Jun-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100971574     Medline TA:  Chaos     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  271-278     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Box 38, 630 W. 168th Street, New York, New York 10032.
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