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Jonathan Cluett, M.D.

Risk of Heart Attack Increased After Replacement

By August 12, 2012

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A recent Danish study looked at the risk of having a heart attack, myocardial infarction or MI, after undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery.  The study found that patients who have this type of surgery are at substantially greater risk for having an MI in the weeks following joint replacement surgery.

Every understands that with surgery there are risks involved.  But it is important to understand the likelihood of any particular risk, and it is important for your doctors to take steps to minimize the risk for you if undergoing a major surgery such as a hip or knee replacement.

Related: Risks of Replacement Surgery | Knee Replacement | Hip Replacement

Source: New Hips, Knees May Pose MI Risk in Short Term

August 22, 2012 at 6:43 am
(1) Grant Sayer says:

Your comment regarding danger of dislocation of a new hip joint applies to the older procedure of posterior incision which destroys some muscles and neuronal pathways….this does not apply to the new anterior minimal invasion technique where essential muscles, ligaments and nerves are preserved. You will be driving again by the second week…

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