PCOS May Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke


Concerned Young Woman

Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome , a condition not uncommon in women of reproductive age, may face another health issue related to their disease,  hardening of the arteries, which can lead to stroke and heart attacks.   This new study comes from the February issue of the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Women with PCOS often present with a condition called insulin resistance, which can lead to atherosclerosis, plaque in the arteries and thrombosis, clots in the blood stream.

The study conducted at Indiana University School of Medicine by Dr. Frank Gonzalez, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, found that excess abdominal fat and higher levels of androgen in women with polycystic ovary syndrome, increased the risk of  plaque-forming cholesterol in the arteries.

For more information log onto the NIH website.

Or http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/256561.php

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