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Can Removing Tonsils, Appendix Boost Early Heart Attack Risk?
Date:6/1/2011

d, the results showed.

Janszky noted, however, that the absolute numbers of heart attack cases in the study were small, with slightly more than 400 and 200 total cases of heart attack in more than 7.5 million and nearly 4 million person-years of follow-up, respectively.

"As expected from the young age of the population," he said, "the observed moderate increases in relative risk actually corresponded to very small risk increases in absolute terms."

And because the study was limited to childhood procedures and participants were still relatively young during the follow-up period, the findings may not apply to older people at greater risk for heart disease, the researchers added.

The researchers also pointed out that appendectomies or tonsillectomies could have other "complex" and long-term side effects on the immune system, including decreased production of immunoglobulins.

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The American Heart Association has more about risk factors for heart attack.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: European Society of Cardiology, news release, June 1, 2011


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