8/1/2005

New research warns that removal of the ovaries during a hysterectomy can raise the risk of heart disease, and more caution should be taken in decisions to do so. Surgeons commonly remove the ovaries in women older than 40 to 45 who have a hysterectomy to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, but, even after menopause, ovaries secrete hormones to keep heart disease in check and strengthen bones.

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