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Heart risk higher for women with polycystic ovary syndrome

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Women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study by University Hospitals of Leicester Trust and Leicester University.

Researchers analysed data on 2,353 women with PCOS and 432,506 controls. In those over 45, prevalence of heart attack and angina was 1.9% and 2.5% in women with PCOS, compared with 0.2% and 0.8% in controls.

The authors said the study should alert clinicians to the need for “timely lifestyle interventions”. The findings were presented at a Society for Endocrinology conference last week.

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