Medicine: Doubts About Vasectomies

Are they good for love but bad for the heart?

About 35 million men worldwide, 6 million in the U.S. alone, have had vasectomies as a means of permanent birth control. The operation is understandably popular. It leaves sexual performance unimpaired. It is inexpensive and can be done in 15 minutes in a doctor's office under local anesthesia. And it is safe. Or is it? Research suggesting a possible link between vasectomy and atherosclerosis, an underlying cause of heart disease and strokes, was reviewed last week at an American Heart Association seminar in Tucson....

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