Thursday, 17 of January of 2019

Joint Replacement Surgery May Help Reduce Heart Disease



249001_517150311655291_934451022_nGreat news for people with osteoarthritis undergoing joint replacement surgery may significantly reduce the risk for a serious cardiovascular event, such as heart attack, stroke, coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty, congestive heart failure or death related to heart disease.

According to a new medical study, knee replacement surgery may cut the risk for heart attack and stroke by as much as 54 percent, while hip replacement can reduce the risk by 39 percent. Even patients who had at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, benefited. After joint replacement, they had a 29 percent decreased risk of developing a serious cardiovascular event.

The study was published in the November issue of BMJ, an international medical journal for physicians, and reported in stories featured in New York Times and Arthritis Today, a publication of the Arthritis Foundation. Physician researchers compared 153 people who had moderate to severe osteoarthritis and had undergone either a knee or hip replacement, against a second group of 153 people who also had osteoarthritis and were of similar age, income level, weight, smoking status and other factors. However, the second group did not receive joint replacement surgery. All the individuals were then studied over a seven year period.

Although researchers are quoted saying they are not entirely sure exactly why joint replacement offers protective benefits, they suspect it is related to a combination of factors. With the surgery eliminating the pain, stiffness and swelling of osteoarthritis, stress levels are reduced and there is greater interest in exercising and physical activity, which helps maintain healthy weight and fosters a more positive outlook. Patients are also less likely to be frequent, long-term users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which can cause side-effects, such as increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

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