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hot flush

colloquialism for a vasomotor symptom of the climacteric characterized by sudden vasodilation with a sensation of heat, usually involving the face and neck, and upper part of the chest. Compare: hot flash.
Synonym(s): hot flash

hot flush

n. Chiefly British
A hot flash.
A symptom complex afflicting 80–85% of middle-aged women, first occurring during perimenopause, continuing with decreased intensity for years, appearing as transient waves of erythaema and uncomfortable warmth beginning in the upper chest, face and neck, followed by fine sweating and chills. Hot flashes are precipitated by emotional stress, meals and environmental cues, and are more intense if ovaries are surgically removed than if the decline of ovarian function is less abrupt
Mechanism Hot flashes are attributed to central alpha2-adrenergic activity
Aetiology Idiopathic, due to response of autonomic nervous system to decreased oestrogens; they are responsible for osteoporosis, atrophy of vaginal epithelium, leukorrhea and pruritus
Management While hormones—e.g., oestrogens in women and androgens in men—ameliorate symptoms of age-related hormonal decline, they are contraindicated in women with breast cancer, and in men with prostate cancer; megestrol acetate decreases hot flashes by 85%—vs. 20% with placebos. Oestrogen replacement ‘drives’ proliferation of endometrial tissue, which may result in adenomatous hyperplasia and occasionally endometrial carcinoma
Note: Hot flashes occur in eunuchs and in most men who have been acutely deprived of testosterone as in castration, a therapeutic modality for advanced prostate carcinoma; diethylstilbestrol may stop the flashes, but exacerbates cardiovascular disease and blood clots; in Europe, cyproterone acetate is used

flush

, flushing (flush) (flush'ing)
1. Sudden redness of the skin.
2. Irrigation of a cavity, or a device such as a feeding tube, with water.

hot flush

Flash.

malar flush

A bright-colored flush over the malar area and cheekbones. It may be associated with any febrile disease.
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Hot Flush, which is coming to theatres throughout Scotland in March and April, follows friends Myra (Lesley), Sylvia (Lori Haley Fox), Helen (Anne Smith) and Jessica (Ruth Keeling) at their regular Tuesday night get–together, The Hot Flush Club.
All trials used the same standardized preparation (Promensil[R]) in recommended doses of 40-80 mg/day and assessed hot flush frequency using patient diaries.
32) The sample size was adequate to detect a 13% treatment difference in hot flush frequency; however, one limitation was the high withdrawal rate, with only 63% of women completing the trial, attributed to a lack of efficacy of the treatment.
Hot Flush is at the Playhouse Whitley Bay on March 12; Billingham Forum March 18; Gala in Durham April 13; Sunderland Empire April 23; and Darlington Civic April 29.
In Hot Flush - about women going through the menopause - her songs have been written specially to suit her distinctive voice.
A daily hot flush composite score was calculated by adding the severity scores over 1 week and dividing by the number of days in that week for which hot flushes were recorded.
Hot Flush is great entertainment, and it sends audiences out with a smile on their faces.
The show features the lives of a group of women who meet every week at their Hot Flush club.
Some women feel bathed in sweat and the situation can be particularly embarrassing if a hot flush occurs in company.
The story weaves around the women who meet every Tuesday and form their own Hot Flush Club.
WHAT: Hot Flush WHERE: Darlington Civic Theatre WHEN: Until tonight VERDICT: Hilarious
The women form a Hot Flush club which meets once a week in a local bar where they share friendships, secrets, tears and laughter.