A new study of over 11,000 women in Europe found that multiple miscarriages increase the risk that a woman will have a heart attack. Taking a closer look at the medical history of those who participate in the long-term European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), the research team revealed that as many as a quarter had suffered a miscarriage, and two percent had experienced a stillbirth. Comparing medical events in those groups to those in the group of women who had neither a miscarriage nor a stillbirth led to shocking findings.
Women who had miscarriages were found to be at a much higher risk of having a heart attack. Women who gave birth to stillborn babies were 3.5 times more likely to have a heart attack, the researchers said. The risk of having a stroke was also higher for this group of women. Miscarriages put women at an ever largest risk of having a heart attack according to this study, each miscarriage increases the risk of a heart attack by 40 percent, even taking into account lifestyle factors such as smoking and drinking alcohol. Interestingly enough, the odds of a heart attack were not shown to be higher for the women who had undergone abortions, which was over 2,000 of the participants.
I have had multiple miscarriages myself, and I am not sure what to think about this study. The research team had no idea why miscarriages might be linked to heart disease, but they did recommend that women should be monitored for cardiovascular problems more closely after a miscarriage, or multiple miscarriages. Should I now be scared of a heart attack and run to the cardiologist? I don't know. The findings are a bit unnerving, to say the least. What are your opinions? If you have had multiple miscarriages, are you scared of as heart attack now?