Delaying surgery after COVID-19 infection can prevent heart issues

A recent study found that delaying surgery after a COVID-19 infection reduced the risk of major postoperative heart events.

The study, published in JAMA Network Open, followed 3997 patients who had surgery after a COVID-19 infection. Patients underwent surgery anywhere from 30 days to 225 days, with a median time of 98 days post-infection. Only 12.1 percent of patients experienced a postoperative major heart event.

Increasing the time between infection and surgery was associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular events in both vaccinated and unvaccinated patients.


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