Endometriosis and risk of coronary heart disease

29 March 2016        

Category: BHF Comment

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Women with endometriosis may have a higher risk of heart disease, according to new research published in Circulation:Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

The study examined the link between coronary heart disease and endometriosis. Researchers reviewed the records of 116,430 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II and found that compared to women without endometriosis, women with the condition were:

  • 1.35 times more likely to need surgery or stenting to open blocked arteries
  • 1.52 times more likely to have a heart attack
  • 1.91 times more likely to develop angina 

Emily Reeve, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said:  “This interesting study indicates a link between endometriosis and an associated higher risk of coronary heart disease, however, more research is needed in this area to confirm whether endometriosis sufferers can be considered to be at higher risk.

“Before the menopause, we know that women generally have a lower risk of being affected by coronary heart disease than they do post-menopause. Having endometriosis can increase the possibility of having a hysterectomy, which can lead to early menopause, so it is possible that this may have influenced the results.

“It is important for all women to have regular check-ups with their doctor to understand their risk of developing coronary heart disease and make necessary lifestyle changes to keep their heart healthy and reduce their risk.”