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Heart Health

02 June 2011

Removing tonsils, appendix boosts heart attack risk

Although the tonsils and appendix are not considered vital to the body, researchers say people who had them taken out before the age of 20 may be at risk of an early heart attack.

Although the tonsils and appendix are not considered vital to the body, Swedish researchers have found that people who had them taken out before the age of 20 may be at a slightly greater risk of an early heart attack.

"However, we were aware of no studies evaluating the potential effects of appendectomy or tonsillectomy on atherosclerosis or CHD risk," Janszky added.

 

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