Not all women diagnosed with PCOS share the same cardiovascular risk profiles

Fertil Steril. 2009 Jun 4

Not all women diagnosed with PCOS share the same cardiovascular risk profiles.

Jovanovic VP, Carmina E, Lobo RA.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York.

Although definitive and confirmatory data are lacking, women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are considered to be at increased risk for cardiovascular and metabolic disease.

In recent years, the diagnosis of PCOS has broadened considerably to result in several phenotypes. Here we review the evidence for cardiovascular and metabolic risks in PCOS in the classic disorder and the various phenotypes.

We conclude that not all women with PCOS should be considered as being similar in terms of cardiovascular risk profiles.