Harvard Heart Letter

Hysterectomy linked to increase in heart disease

Women who have a hysterectomy, especially those under 50 who also have their ovaries removed, seem to be at increased risk of heart disease. A sudden and dramatic reduction in female hormones after the procedure may explain why. Emerging evidence linking hysterectomy to increased risk of cardiovascular disease should prompt a rethinking of the operation's balance of benefits and risks, especially among younger women and those who have their ovaries removed as part of a hysterectomy.
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