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Fibroids under pressure

High blood pressure may increase the risk for uterine fibroids, according to a report in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers studied data from more than 100,000 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study II. Over a 10-year period, they found more than 7,000 cases of fibroids. After adjusting for age, race, weight and reproductive history, researchers concluded that for every 10-point increase in blood pressure, the risk of fibroids rose by 8 percent among those who did not take blood pressure medication and even more—10 percent—among those who did.


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