AVR benefits orthopaedic patients

Aortic valve replacement (AVR) for severe aortic stenosis reduces the incidence of heart failure in elderly patients heading for orthopaedic surgery, a study suggests.

In a retrospective review, Australian cardiologist Dr S Allen Luis, currently at the Mayo Clinic, has looked at all cases of patients with severe aortic stenosis undergoing elective major orthopaedic surgery between 2000 and 2013 at the clinic.