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Non-Heart Surgery May Pose Danger to Older Adult Cardiac Health

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A study performed by the Cardiovascular Research Institute in Basel, Switzerland confirmed that older patients frequently suffer from heart damage during various surgeries, even from non-heart surgeries, boosting their risk of death. Perioperative myocardial injury (PMI) is a subtle form of injury that occurs during or after surgery, and is often overlooked when the patient does not experience any chest pain or other cardiac-related symptoms. The study revealed that in patients over the age of 65 or with a history of heart disease, as many as 1 in 7 patients may experience PMI after a non-cardiac surgery. Read more at the UPI article.