Premenopausal removal of ovaries 'high risk' for heart

Caution is needed for women with a family history of premature MI, specialists say

Prophylactic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO) increases the risk of heart disease, particularly in women with a family history of myocardial infarction at any early age, a study confirms.

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And women’s excess risk of premature death is fourfold higher if they have a family history of heart disease and have their ovaries removed before the age of 45.

The US study of more than 2700 post-menopausal women, followed up for 22 years on average, identified 610 women who'd had both ovaries removed, 338 women with a family history