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dc.contributor.authorBechlioulis, A.en
dc.contributor.authorNaka, K. K.en
dc.contributor.authorKalantaridou, S. N.en
dc.contributor.authorKaponis, A.en
dc.contributor.authorPapanikolaou, O.en
dc.contributor.authorVezyraki, P.en
dc.contributor.authorKolettis, T. M.en
dc.contributor.authorVlahos, A. P.en
dc.contributor.authorGartzonika, K.en
dc.contributor.authorMavridis, A.en
dc.contributor.authorMichalis, L. K.en
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dc.titleIncreased Vascular Inflammation in Early Menopausal Women Is Associated with Hot Flush Severityen
heal.type.enJournal articleen
heal.type.elΆρθρο Περιοδικούel
heal.recordProviderΠανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικήςel
heal.abstractContext:Menopause has been related to an increased atherosclerotic risk. Presence and severity of hot flushes in menopausal women have been associated with impaired endothelial function and advanced subclinical atherosclerosis.Objective:The objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of menopausal transition on vascular inflammation indices and investigate the association of hot flush severity with these indices in early menopausal women.Design, Setting, and Participants:This was a cross-sectional study that included 120 early menopausal women (age range 42-55 yr, <3 yr in menopause) recruited from the menopause outpatient clinic of an academic hospital and 24 age-matched premenopausal women (controls).Main Outcomes:Serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, P-selectin, and soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L) levels were measured.Results:P-selectin and sCD40L were increased in early menopausal compared with control women (P = 0.006 and P = 0.02 respectively), whereas high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels did not differ (P = 0.4) between the groups. Hot flush severity was the most important independent predictor of P-selectin levels (P = 0.011) in early menopausal women. Women with moderate/severe/very severe hot flushes had increased P-selectin compared with women with no/mild hot flushes or controls (P < 0.05 for both). The sCD40L levels were also higher in menopausal women with moderate/severe/very severe hot flushes compared with controls (P = 0.03) but did not differ significantly compared with women with no/mild hot flushes (P = 0.2).Conclusions:Increased indices of vascular inflammation in early menopausal compared with age-matched premenopausal women may indicate a higher atherosclerotic risk. Increased severity of hot flushes was associated with adverse changes in vascular inflammation, further supporting the emerging role of hot flushes in cardiovascular prognosis in these women.en
heal.journalNameJ Clin Endocrinol Metaben
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