…not spontaneous combustion as previously thought.
Seriously…Researchers at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Northwestern University’s medical school have found that women experiencing hot flashes during the earlier years of menopause tend to have a lower risk of heart attack and death than their older counterparts who experience hot flashes and night sweats near the end of menopause.
The possible mechanism? The “blood vessels dilating in response to the normal hormone fluctuations of menopause” allows more fluid blood flow and, therefore, more efficient heat transfer from more dilated capillaries located at the surface of the skin. This apparently is healthy cardiovascular reaction for a younger woman, but for an older woman in her 60’s can signal blood vessel abnormalities that could affect the heart.
Thus NO spontaneous combustion!