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If you are someone living with fibroids, there’s a possibility you feel concerned about how fibroids impact your health.Uncontrollable bleeding, unpredictable cycles, severe pelvic pain, and frequent urination are just a few painful symptoms you may battle daily.

Uterine fibroids have been associated with hypertension and cardiovascular disease (CVD). A recent study in the Journal of Women’s Health further explored the presence of markers for CVD and discovered that CVD risk factors were more common in women with fibroids.

During Heart Health Awareness Month, it’s an excellent time to understand better how fibroids can affect your heart health and the relationship between cholesterol and hypertension- which are all connected to your overall well-being.

New studies have also shown that women with uterine fibroids seem to have distinctly low cholesterol. This is known to protect against heart attacks and strokes. According to a recent article, over 45 percent of women over 20 have elevated cholesterol levels.Additionally, the same study reported that nearly 76% of women don’t even know what their cholesterol numbers mean. This education gap is crucial to close, if only so women can have the opportunity to understand the risks of living with high cholesterol and what problems could occur. Different kinds of cholesterol move throughout your body. Even though we tend to make general statements like “cholesterol is bad,” your body needs balanced levels of good cholesterol to produce reproductive hormones and digestive bile and repair damaged tissue. So, not all cholesterol is created equal, but how can you know which is the right type?

There are many reasons you may have elevated levels of LDL or HDL cholesterol, including genetics, smoking, weight, diet, and physical activity. It’s important to consult your doctor annually about your cholesterol levels and how to manage them effectively.

Changes in estrogen and cholesterol often go hand-in-hand. When your hormones, especially estrogen, decline this can cause a rise in total cholesterol levels due to increased amounts of LDL as well as triglycerides (fats found in your blood). When estrogen levels decline, LDL increases and HDL decreases. This ultimately can lead to plaque buildup with the arteries, which can cause heart disease, PAD, and stroke.

Estrogen production and reduction is closely related to different stages of a woman’s life: puberty, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Similarly, how much estrogen your body produces influences fibroid growth. Unbalanced estrogen levels caused by puberty, pregnancy, perimenopause, genetics, weight, and other lifestyle factors are theorized to cause fibroids to develop.

Both estrogen and cholesterol are important levels that must be understood and managed. Talk to your doctor if you think you may have elevated numbers.

If you’re going through menopause and have high cholesterol levels, you’re not alone. Symptoms of Menopause include * Hot flashes* A loss in bladder control * Insomnia * A dry vagina that may lead to painful sex* Mood swings* Body changes in weight and comfort Some of these symptoms even overlap with fibroid symptoms, which can be a hint on how high cholesterol works with menopause, but also fibroids. This is another reason why it’s essential to go to the doctor when your body is doing something it doesn’t always do, there just may be underlying causes causing your symptoms. During menopause, estrogen drastically declines, and this sudden decline of estrogen levels is associated with a progressive increase in total cholesterol. However, during menopause, you’re more likely to see an increase in your LDL levels and a decrease in your HDL levels.Therefore, people who are about to go through menopause or are currently going through this new life stage should consult their doctor about ways they can manage their “good and bad” cholesterol. Adopting healthy habits can help manage symptoms of menopause and high cholesterol levels.

As we mentioned above, new studies suggest that women living with fibroids have low LDL cholesterol levels, which are known to protect against heart attacks and strokes.

However, another study published by the National Library of Medicine revealed that aging and higher levels of LDL could actually increase your risk of developing fibroids in the first place. But what about blood pressure? Does having high blood pressure and cholesterol levels increase your risk of fibroids? Is cholesterol, uterine fibroids, and hypertension connected?

Yes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol are two factors that increase your overall risk of fibroids. Increased blood pressure can damage the walls of your arteries and other blood vessels. Arteries and vessels aren’t able to withstand the constant high-pressure blood flow; therefore as a result, they can become damaged over time. Tiny tears and damage caused by hypertension create crevices and areas where LDL cholesterol can build up over time. If you have increased levels of LDL and low levels of HDL, the good cholesterol isn’t able to cleanse the blood as efficiently as it should be.

Uterine fibroids have also been associated with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD). There have been multiple studies in the past that examined women with symptomatic fibroids that went under a hysterectomy, which happens to be a risk factor for CVD.

972 women were screened by ultrasound for fibroids at the age range of 15, 20, to 25. The studies showed that 52% of women had fibroids, and the CVD risk factors were more common with those risk factors.However, it’s important to know that despite women with fibroids having more CVD risk factors, the presence of fibroids is not needed to be at risk for CVD. It is still entirely possible to get CVD without having fibroids.

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Both of these individual conditions increase cardiovascular disease, especially for women. People living with high LDL cholesterol levels often end up dealing with hypertension. And through studies, we can see that high cholesterol, uterine fibroids and hypertension all have similar genetic and lifestyle factors.

In fact, you can see the correlation between all three of these issues in African American women. Black women are more likely to develop hypertension, fibroids, and high cholesterol than people of other races. Nearly 80 percent of Black women have fibroids by the age of 50. Approximately 76 percent of Black women developed hypertension by age 55. For cholesterol, close to 37 percent of Black women were at an increased risk for high LDL levels.

Therefore, increased LDL cholesterol, uterine fibroids, and hypertension are closely related, but researchers still need to establish a direct cause-effect relationship between the three conditions. Consulting your doctor about your personal and family history of blood pressure, cholesterol, and fibroids can help you be proactive about your risk factors.

It’s important to be aware of these certain risk factors that could lead to cardiovascular disease. Knowing your family history can help determine if you’re at an increased risk for fibroids and high cholesterol.

For National Heart Awareness Month, the Fibroid Fighters Foundation is raising awareness about high cholesterol, uterine fibroids and hypertension. Discussing how these conditions can be related is important in order to be proactive about your health. Understanding how your hormones, like estrogen, are related to elevated LDL cholesterol levels is vital. Treating fibroids and high cholesterol can minimize cardiovascular risk and help you live healthier, more active lives without fibroid symptoms.

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Increasing evidence shows that uterine fibroids are associated with hypertension, with an odds ratio around 2.5 [2-4]. This association is probably due to a shared pathophysiology of increased proliferation of vascular and uterine smooth muscle, and is independent of ancestry, age, and body mass index [2].

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February is Heart Health Awareness Month, and we want to encourage you to not just love your loved ones this month, but also love yourself. Women spend so much time taking care of others and never putting themselves first, which often leads to a lack of self-care. More often than not, women are ignoring their own needs for others, especially during this pandemic. Remember, you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself.

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States? It killed 299,578 women in 2017, about 1 in every 5 female deaths. We want to remind you to practice self-care, which isn’t all just haircuts and nail salon trips, but also getting yourself to the doctors to make sure there’s no complications with your health, especially if you know you have fibroids.

Curious if you have fibroids? Here are some of its symptoms.

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If you, or someone you know, has fibroids, there are some questions you should be asking about fibroids in relation to your heart health. They are connected in a few ways, though it’s not entirely clear, and it’s important to keep in mind that there are connections.

While there’s no exact science to what causes someone to grow fibroids, there are risk factors. While we aren’t saying you’re guaranteed to get both fibroids and heart disease with these risk factors, it’s important to keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t get out of hand.

Here are some risk factors that both fibroids and heart disease have are the following:

Thickening of the arteries can be caused by a number of risk factors, including obesity and high blood pressure. Women with fibroids have thicker arteries than women without fibroids. Because there is less space for blood to travel to essential organs when arteries get thicker, the risk of a heart attack or stroke is increased.

Women with uterine fibroids appear to have lower levels of HDL (good cholesterol), which is known to protect the heart against heart attack and stroke. Both clogged arteries and low HDL cholesterol are risk factors for heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.

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The short answer is no. The longer, far more detailed answer, is given in a recent study. Previous studies have shown that women who have undergone a hysterectomy due to fibroids puts them at more risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, a 2019 study shows that most CVD risk factors were common in women with fibroids.

It is important to note, though, that just because you have fibroids, it does not equal having heart disease and vice versa.

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Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in the wall of the uterus. They can vary in size, from as small as a pea to as large as a melon. The exact cause of uterine fibroids is not known, but several factors have been identified that may increase a woman’s risk of developing the condition. These factors include hormonal imbalances, genetics, and lifestyle factors such as being overweight and having a diet high in red meat.   Fibroids are often asymptomatic, though some women may experience heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and pressure on the bladder or rectum. Low back pain, constipation, and pain during intercourse are experienced by many with fibroids.

Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which the force of blood against the walls of the arteries is too high. It is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Some of the common symptoms of hypertension include headache, shortness of breath, and chest pain.

Connection between Uterine Fibroids and Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, does not directly cause fibroids. However, uncontrolled hypertension can lead to other health problems that may indirectly impact the development of fibroids. Few studies have suggested that the use of certain anti-hypertensive medications may increase the levels of hormones in the body that can promote the growth of fibroids.

Additionally, research has showed that hypertension can lead to oxidative stress, which has been associated with the promotion of growth of fibroid cells and reducing the ability of the body to suppress the growth of these cells. However, more research is necessary to fully understand and establish the link between hypertension and fibroids.

Managing Uterine Fibroids and Hypertension

If you have hypertension and are experiencing symptoms of uterine fibroids, it is important to discuss your options with your healthcare provider. Treatment for uterine fibroids depends on the severity of the symptoms and the size of the fibroids. Women with small fibroids may not need treatment, while women with larger fibroids may require medication, surgery, or a combination of both.

Fibroid Embolization

Treatment for hypertension and fibroids typically involves lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management. Medications, such as diuretics may also be prescribed to lower blood pressure.

Nowadays, minimally invasive treatment options are available for the treatment of uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is one such safe and effective treatment option and an alternative for the surgical procedure for fibroid removal.

UFE is generally performed by an interventional radiologist and uses catheter-based techniques to block the blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to shrink. This results in the reduction of symptoms caused by the fibroids.

Performed under general anesthesia, this procedure typically takes less than an hour to complete. A catheter is inserted into the femoral artery and guided to the uterine arteries, where tiny particles are released to block the blood flow to the fibroids. The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis, with a quicker recovery time compared to traditional surgical options.

To know more about the procedure and its benefits, call Avis vascular center and our expert doctors will help you decide on the treatment option suitable for your condition.

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