Rise in post-MI fractures linked to medications

PATIENTS who have had a myocardial infarction are also at increased risk of osteoporotic fracture, with the association more than doubling over the past 30 years.

The striking finding from a large US case-control study has prompted Australian experts to call for enhanced prevention efforts, including bone mineral density testing in at-risk groups.

The study of more than 6600 patients with a first MI showed that an association with fracture rose from 16.3 per  1000 person-years in the decade ending 1989 to 34.0 per 1000 person-years in the 10 years