Some orthopaedics patients need to be aware of potential heart risks.
The link between hip and knee surgery and heart attack may be stronger than previously thought.
Researchers looked at 95 ,000 Dutch patients who had hip or knee replacement surgery. They found patients 60 and older who'd had total hip replacement were 25 times more likely to have a heart attack within two weeks of surgery.
It was 31 times more likely for those with a new knee. Patients who'd had a heart attack within a year before surgery had an increased risk of another one.
The advice to them is to avoid hip or knee surgery if at all possible.