Cardiovascular disease risk rises as a result of gynecologic surgery.

Another review showed that hysterectomy alone, hysterectomy with oophorectomy, and tubal ligation were undeniably connected with an expanded risk of cardiovascular illness (CVD). The Journal of Women’s Health, which was reviewed by peer reviewers, published the findings and their implications. To begin reading the article, click here.

Stacey Missmer, ScD, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of General Wellbeing, and coauthors analyzed the relationship between no medical procedure, hysterectomy alone, hysterectomy with oophorectomy, or tubal ligation, and the hazard of CVD among members in the Attendants Wellbeing Review II. Confirmed fatal and non-fatal myocardial infarction, fatal coronary heart disease, or fatal and non-fatal stroke were the primary risk factors for CVD.

The researchers found that women who underwent hysterectomy or oophorectomy had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than women who underwent surgery after the age of 50.

Journal of Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA, states, “Physicians caring for women who have had gynecologic surgery, especially if it was performed before age 50, should be aware of the women’s higher risk for cardiovascular disease and take appropriate preventive measures.”

More information: Leslie V. Farland et al, Hysterectomy With and Without Oophorectomy, Tubal Ligation, and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in the Nurses’ Health Study II, Journal of Women’s Health (2023). DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2022.0207

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