A Hip Replacement Is Good for Your Heart Medical Study 2014
Surgery eases joint pain, paves way for better exercise 4/16/14
Published online in BMJ (British Medical Journal), the study details how orthopedic surgery lessens the likelihood that you will ever need cardiovascular surgery.
Scientists in Canada started recruiting subjects in 1996 and enrolled 2,200 people, age 55 and older, who all had osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. The researchers followed the participants’ progress until 2011 when they analyzed the data collected…
…Cardiac surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic did not participate in the study, but he reviewed it and says that, intuitively, the results make sense. “The most likely explanation for the cardioprotective effect is exercise,” he says.
“Osteoarthritis can cause debilitating pain and stiffness that makes movement difficult,” Dr. Gillinov says. “We have known for many years that exercise has a definite and strong cardioprotective effect. So it makes sense that those patients who had knee or hip replacements, and who thereby regained mobility, likely engaged in more exercise, and thus reduced their risk of heart attack and stroke.”