Hysterectomies Do Not Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Contrary to previous studies, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have discovered that a hysterectomy with or without ovary removal does not increase a woman’s risk of cardiovascular disease compared to women who reach menopause naturally.
The study investigated 3,302 premenopausal women between 42 and 52 years of age for eleven years who were enrolled in the Study of Women’s Health across the Nation. “Middle-aged women who are considering hysterectomy should be encouraged because our results suggest that increased levels of cardiovascular risk factors are not any more likely after hysterectomy relative to after natural menopause,” Karen A. Matthews, PhD, lead study author and a distinguished professor of psychiatry and professor of epidemiology and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, was quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, May 2013