Study fails to discount link between fertility treatment and cardiovascular disease

The authors of the first meta-study of links between fertility treatment and cardiovascular disease have called for more research after concluding that “The longer term cardiovascular effects of fertility therapy are unknown”. In an article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology researchers from McGill University in Montreal reported said there are “ongoing knowledge gaps to inform the longer term CV risk or safety of fertility therapy”.

Part of the problem is that the authors of the study could only identify six studies – which involved 40,000 women – of the risk of CV events after fertility treatment.

An accompanying editorial pointed out that more and more older women are seeking fertility treatment – which raises the risk of stroke or heart disease. 

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