Hip, knee replacement increases MI risk

Postoperative hip and knee replacement patients are at hugely elevated risk of MI for at least two weeks after the procedure, research finds.

Data on more than 95,000 surgeries showed the risk of MI was 30 times higher in the two weeks after a total knee replacement, compared with people not undergoing surgery.

And in the two weeks after a total hip replacement, patients’ risk of MI was 25-fold higher than controls.

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