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Heart risks linked to infertility syndrome

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5:30pm, February 12, 2003

From Toronto at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society

In women with polycystic ovary syndrome, immature eggs distend the ovaries, leading to infertility. Such women also exhibit many classic risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol, increased abdominal fat, and diabetes. So far, however, studies have not demonstrated that these women are at higher-than-normal risk of developing heart disease.

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