This large retrospective cohort found the risk of AMI was markedly elevated within the 2 weeks after elective hip surgery (hazard ratio 26) and 2 weeks after elective knee surgery (hazard ratio 31). It remained elevated for 2-6 weeks after hip surgery (hazard ratio 5) but not for the 2-6 weeks after knee surgery (compared to controls). The authors suggest ongoing AMI risk assessment for patients up to 6 weeks after hip surgery and up to 2 weeks after knee surgery (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.