Scientists Reveal Link between Hysterectomy and Chronic Health Risks

Scientists find an association between hysterectomy and ovarian conservation and elevated risks of cardiovascular diseases and metabolic conditions, according to a new study published in Menopause on January 3, 2018.

Scientists at the Mayo clinic conducted a survey, which included 2,094 women participants of Olmsted County, who had their hysterectomy with ovarian conservation for benign disease between 1980 and 2002. The participants as per the index dates were aged 18 years and above at the time of their hysterectomy.

Each participant of the study was age-matched to a woman with no history of a hysterectomy or ovarian removal. Researchers found prevalence of prior cardiovascular and metabolic conditions before surgery and focused only on new onset of disease post hysterectomy.

The results showed that risk of lipid abnormalities increased by14%, risk of obesity increased by 18%, risk of high blood pressure increased by 13%, and risk of coronary artery disease increased by 33% for women who underwent hysterectomy with ovarian conservation. Results also showed a 4.6-fold increased risk of congestive heart failure and a 2.5-fold increased risk of coronary artery disease for women within the age group of 35 years.

According to Dr. Laughlin, “hysterectomy is the second most-common gynecologic surgery and it is mostly benign reasons that influence this choice of surgery as it is believed to have reduced chronic health risks.”

Ovarian cancer is a major health issue among women, which results in the inability to conceive, due to which, several drugs are under development as a means to treat this cancer, as elaborated in ovarian cancer drugs market report published by Coherent Market Insights.

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