How surgery can damage your heart

If 2018 involves “going under” for that surgery your doctor has been recommending, you’ll want to keep reading.

Whenever you’re dealing with a health condition that disrupts or threatens your life… and surgery is one of your treatment options… going under the knife can actually sound pretty appealing.
It seems like such a straightforward solution!

But getting an operation isn’t always so cut and dry — even if it’s considered “minor” or “elective.”

For starters, anything that slices into you and knocks you out comes with a laundry list of risks, from internal bleeding to infections.

According to a new study, any surgery you have can damage your heart — even when it’s not your ticker that’s getting tinkered with.

In this study, researchers took 2,000 older patients with a history of cardiovascular disease and measured their blood levels of a protein called troponin, whose presence is a hallmark sign of heart damage from surgery, both before and after surgery.

Again, these patients’ operations had nothing to do with their hearts — instead, the procedures ranged from knee and prostate surgery to hip replacements and gall bladder removal.

The medical books call that heart damage “perioperative myocardial injury,” or PMI for short — and it turns out a pretty size able chunk of the participants developed PMI following their surgeries.

In fact, 1 out of 7 of them experienced ticker troubles!

What’s more, most of these participants wouldn’t have caught onto that heart injury without the blood test — because only 18 per cent of those with PMI had ANY symptoms that would indicate heart trouble.

And only 6 per cent of them had chest pain, the only telltale sign of a heart issue that most people pay attention to.

That means that they became six times more likely to die of any cause within a month of the surgery — and yet, if they were like most people, they never would’ve known that going under the knife could send them six feet under.

And that boost in their death rate persisted for up to a year after surgery!

So, before you decide to hit the operating table, make sure the procedure is absolutely necessary.

Now, there’s no denying that certain surgeries really save lives — but more often than not, the mainstream is too quick to cut you open.

For example, previous studies have shown that surgery isn’t better than “active surveillance” for prostate cancer… knee surgery won’t help arthritis… and angioplasty is worthless for many heart patients.

And even if you pull through these surgeries like a champion, they can still be debilitating to recover from, laying you up for weeks or even months with pain and secondary infections, forcing you to depend on others for the most basic functions to take care of yourself.

Getting sliced open should really be a last resort — after you’ve tried addressing the root cause of your ailment with natural therapies.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Even Non-Heart Surgery May Harm Your Heart, published online 04.12.17, webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20171204/even-non-heart-surgery-may-harm-your-heart

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