Women's Heart Advisor April 2011 Issue

Hysterectomy: A New Risk Factor For Cardiovascular Disease

Study shows that the age at which a woman has the surgery may affect her heart disease risk, though the research shows varied results.

One in three women in the US has a hysterectomy at some point in her life. The operation is often performed for uncontrolled bleeding, pelvic pain, fibroids or endometriosis—rarely for cancer. And while hysterectomy is considered a safe procedure, there’s new evidence that it may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in some women who have the procedure before age 50.

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