Hip, knee replacements may boost cardiovascular health in osteoarthritis patients

Total joint replacement may reduce the risk for ‘cardiac events,’ including heart attack and stroke, and boost long-term survival, new research shows. Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Osteoarthritis ─ a progressive disease of the joints affecting a third of persons over the age of 65 ─ causes pain and limits mobility. The researchers concluded that the results are probably due to the increased capability for moderate physical activity (such as a brisk walk several times a week), which has “direct benefits for hypertension, obesity and diabetes, all of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease and all of which are highly prevalent in individuals with osteoarthritis.”

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