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Study finds hysterectomy increases risks of coronary artery disease by 33%

Dr Eisen Liang - Thursday, March 15, 2018

Study finds hysterectomy increases risks of coronary artery disease by 33%


Are you considering hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) to treat non-cancerous conditions like fibroids? Did you know that hysterectomy alone raises women’s risk of cardiovascular diseases and metabolic conditions?

Contrary to the belief that keeping a woman's ovaries intact during hysterectomy poses less health risks for the patient, research has found that hysterectomy is linked to increased cardiovascular risks.

Hysterectomy alone is associated with increased long-term health risks.

According to a recent research from Mayo Clinic on hysterectomy with ovarian conservation (ovaries are kept). The study involved 2, 094 female residents of Olmsted County who had hysterectomy with ovarian conservation for benign reasons (i.e. not due to cancer), and a control group who never had a hysterectomy or ovarian removal before. The control group was age-matched and researchers only looked for new onset of disease after hysterectomy.

It is so alarming to find out that hysterectomy with ovarian conservation increased risks of high blood pressure, obesity, and lipid abnormalities.

The risk of coronary artery disease increased by a shocking 33%.

The risks are even worse if a woman undergo hysterectomy before 35 years old. They were nearly 5x more at risk of congestive heart failure, and 2.5x more at risk of coronary artery disease.

What's the alternative?

As for women suffering from fibroids, what could be an alternative treatment option?

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) could just be the answer. UFE shrinks fibroid without surgery. Aside from the fact that both ovaries and the uterus are kept intact, UFE is non-surgical and does not require general anaesthetics. It is a minimally invasive angiogram procedure done under local anaesthetic by an interventional radiologist. Compared with hysterectomy, UFE’s recovery period is faster and hospital stay is shorter. Furthermore, the complications and risks are lower.

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