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Study finds cardiac complications high after orthopedic surgery for heart disease patients

20:00 EDT 30 Jul 2017 | AAAS

(Hospital for Special Surgery) A new study published in the HSS Journal, the leading journal on musculoskeletal research, sheds light on reducing cardiac complications in orthopedic surgery. The study found the incidence of myocardial ischemia, defined by an elevated troponin level, after major orthopedic surgery in patients with cardiac risk factors is high. HSS researchers recommend a simple blood test to measure troponin, an enzyme known to play a role in cardiac complications, to help identify patients who are at greater risk of a cardiac event following surgery.

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