facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Hysterectomy, ovary removal up stroke risk

Aug. 11, 2011 at 11:48 PM   |   Comments

HALLE, Germany, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Young women who have a hysterectomy and removal of ovaries in the same operation have an increased risk of stroke and heart disease, German researchers say.

Andreas Stang and colleagues conducted an epidemiological report on hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus, rates in Germany. The researchers based their report on nationwide statistics relating to diagnosis-related groups in Germany for 2005 to 2006.

The research team found 4 percent of women age 50 and under who underwent hysterectomy for a reason other than cancer had a bilateral oophorectomy -- surgical removal of ovaries -- in the same operation, even though recent studies have shown this is associated with an elevated risk of stroke and coronary heart disease.

The study, published in the Deutsches Arzteblatt International, says fewer women underwent hysterectomy for benign indications in Hamburg, for example, than in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania during the same interval.

Factors influencing the hysterectomy rate included not just the patient's concomitant illnesses, but also social status and health insurance class and the sex of the gynecologist, the researchers found.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Paralyzed man walks after cell transplant Paralyzed man walks after cell transplant
2
Want a soda? Take a 5-mile walk to burn the calories Want a soda? Take a 5-mile walk to burn the calories
3
Thousands of U.S. children are improperly medicated each year Thousands of U.S. children are improperly medicated each year
4
Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children
5
Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95 Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback