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  • Will hysterectomy affect your heart health?

    by Margery Gass | May 17, 2013
    In the past, the results of research have been mixed. The news today is good. For 11 years, the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) followed 3,302 women ages 42 to 52 who still had their uterus and at least one ovary and were not using hormone therapy. Over the course of the study, some women had a hysterectomy for such reasons as fibroids, heavy periods, and chronic pelvic pain. In general, however, trends in several heart risk factors did not differ in women who experienced a natural menopause versus those who had a hysterectomy.

    This new research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that hysterectomy (with or without removal of the ovaries) does not increase a woman’s risk of heart disease.
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