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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Work and Stroke Risk
- And Finally, a Story about Same Day Spine Surgery
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #520 recorded August 28, 2015.
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Work and Stroke Risk
Long working hours might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, but prospective evidence is scarce, imprecise, and mostly limited to coronary heart disease.
The Authors of a study recently published in the journal Lancet aimed to assess long working hours as a risk factor for incident coronary heart disease and stroke.
The study found that Employees who work long hours have a higher risk of stroke than those working standard hours; the association with coronary heart disease is weaker.
These findings suggest that more attention should be paid to the management of vascular risk factors in individuals who work long hours.
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Same Day Spine Surgery
Same-day spine surgery has become more prevalent in recent years with surgeons expanding the types of procedures they perform in Ambulatory Surgery Centers—known as ASCs.
At the same time, concerns remain over risks with these procedures and how surgeon investment in these surgical centers may affect patient selection.
By 2025, same-day spine surgery could account for almost 50% of all spine surgeries done in the United States.
The article noted that surgeons should be cautious when selecting patients for procedures performed in this setting, especially when a more complex procedure, such as an anterior cervical discectomy, is planned to be performed in an ASC.
The safety of same-day spine surgery in an ASC depends on the type of surgery and the patient’s overall experience. The safety of same-day spine surgery and the outcomes are not the same for every patient.
Therefore, a patient’s comorbidities should be the biggest driver when a surgeon determines whether a spine procedure will be safe for that patient when it is performed on a same-day basis.
The study showed 92% of surgeons at ASCs had an emergency protocol in place if a complication arose that could not be addressed at the center. This meant 8% of those polled had no emergency protocol in place if that situation occurred.
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been Dr. Todd Eglow.