Heart beat: Hysterectomy and the heart: Any connection?

Heart beat

Hysterectomy and the heart: Any connection?

If you are one of the millions of women who have had a hysterectomy, you might want to pay closer attention to the classic factors that lead to heart disease.

It turns out that women who have had a hysterectomy (an operation to remove the uterus) are more vulnerable to heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems. The operation, though, isn't to blame. What is? High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, limited physical activity, and high intake of saturated fat appear to be the culprits.

The ongoing Women's Health Initiative is following 93,000 women to learn more about the causes of common aging-related conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. In this study, almost 6% of the 37,000 women who had undergone a hysterectomy had some type of cardiovascular disease, compared with almost 4% of those who had not had a hysterectomy.

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