Mention the word “menopause” to a woman, and her response will have something to do with hot flashes.
Go ahead. Try it.
Everyone is familiar with hot flashes as THE most significant aspect of menopause. Not only that; most women think that once the hot flashes have subsided, menopause is over. They think, and sometimes even say, “Been there; done that.”
The ironic thing is that hot flashes are actually the most insignificant aspect of menopause!
Sure, they’re uncomfortable and embarrassing. Sure, they occur at the most inopportune times. Sure, they’re an obvious, easily-recognized symptom.
But all the focus on hot flashes blinds women to what’s really important about menopause. It’s like there’s a great big pink elephant in the room, and no one sees it.
The big pink elephant is a heart attack.
Hot flashes come and go. Heart attacks come and kill you.
Hot flashes make you lose ground. Heart attacks put you in the ground.
Now, you might be thinking, “Well, heart attacks aren’t that common, and hot flashes are.”
And that would constitute a second big pink elephant.
Despite the vastly different consequences of hot flashes and heart attacks, would you believe that they’re both very common?
Hot flashes occur in 8 to 9 out of 10 women.
Heart attacks occur in just as many!
In fact, heart attacks KILL 1 out of every 2 women. I out of 2! That means that heart attacks kill more women that all the cancers combined!
Do you see how big and pink the elephant is?
Once you know these statistics, you’ll see that big, pink elephant everywhere. Every time a woman opens her mouth to say anything about menopause, you’ll see the big pink elephant.
All the talk is about preventing the hot flashes instead of about preventing a heart attack. Most women have no idea that the biggest risk at menopause is a heart attack. They don’t know how common they are. They don’t know that they kill 1 out of every 2 women. And they pay no attention to adopting management options that prevent them.
They’re blind to the big, pink elephant.
We need to start talking about what really matters. Menopause isn’t about hot flashes; it’s about heart attacks.