Heart attack risk soars in the first month post hip and knee replacement. Consider stem cell therapy as a safer alternative.
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Surgeons often recommend hip and knee replacements for patients suffering from chronic hip or knee pain, yet the procedures are notorious for their drawbacks. Many of our patients were told their “bone-on-bone” joints needed to be replaced, but they remained wary because of the grueling recovery, the risk of infection, and other post-operative complications. Investigators of a recent article published in Arthritis and Rheumatology looked at the risk of heart attacks in older patients during the first month following total joint replacement surgery. The findings of the study were surprising and yielded another great reason to consider stem cells instead of joint replacement: heart attack risk soars in the first month following hip and knee replacement.
Findings about Increased Heart Attack Risk Associated with Hip and Knee Replacement
The researchers found a four- to eight-fold increase in heart attacks in the immediate postoperative period following joint replacement surgery.The researchers found an eight-fold increase in heart attacks in the immediate postoperative period following knee replacement surgery in comparison to a control group that did not undergo the procedure. In the hip replacement group, there was a four-fold increase as compared to the control group. This risk then declined in the six months following surgery, returning to baseline by the sixth month point.
“Our findings suggest that the immediate postoperative risk of myocardial infarction following joint arthroplasty may have been previously underappreciated, and further measures to prevent this serious event may need to be considered,” cautioned the study’s authors. The risk was similar when considering age, sex, duration of osteoarthritis, socioeconomic factors and history of cardiovascular disease.
Stem Cell Treatment, the 21st Century Alternative to Hip and Knee Replacement
Stem cell injections, on the other hand, remain an excellent option in combatting painful arthritis and are a safe, effective alternative that do not carry this increased risk of heart attack.