'Minor' surgery could pack a MAJOR risk
It's the heart risk factor you never even knew you had... and it wasn't triggered by anything you did.
It was caused by your doctor!
New research proves yet again that there's really no such thing as a "minor" operation once you're past the age of 65. Any procedure -- even one on your knees! -- can lead to serious, lasting, and irreversible heart damage.
A simple operation could even kill you, increasing your risk of death by 600 percent in the month afterward.
The new report looked at what happens inside the heart during common and relatively minor operations such as that knee surgery I just mentioned, hip replacements, prostate surgery, gallbladder removal, and more.
It finds that 1 in 7 patients at risk for heart problems -- including anyone over the age of 65 -- suffer from perioperative myocardial injury (PMI), or when heart tissue is damaged during or right after surgery.
We're not talking heart attacks right there on the table. Then, you're surrounded by doctors and hooked up to machines to monitor your condition, so if you have a heart attack, everyone in the room will know.
PMI is subtle and harder to spot.
In most cases, there are no warning signs. Only 6 percent of patients feel chest pain, and just 18 percent show the lower oxygen levels that could indicate ticker trouble.
For everyone else, it all seems normal.
But in the new study, researchers whipped out a new test to detect levels of a protein that turns up when heart tissue is damaged.
That's when they found that nearly 15 percent of patients actually suffered from PMI -- and in the month following surgery. These folks were six times more likely to die than the ones who didn't have that damage.
Naturally, the mainstream is taking away the exact wrong message from this.
It's celebrating the new test, saying that it can now figure out who's at risk after surgery.
Here's what I see: an urgent warning to rethink ALL non-essential and elective surgery in older patients.
Sure, operations like a gallbladder removal might be necessary -- in which case you should certainly get checked out when it's all over to ensure you didn't suffer heart damage.
But others, like knee surgery, are often completely unnecessary.
In many cases, the operations may not even work at all, which is why it's important to take some time to go over all your options. More importantly, never be too shy to get a second opinion, ideally from a holistic medical doctor who knows when you need surgery and when you don't.
If you're in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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