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The metal hip implants are under the spotlight.

There are concerns thousands of people could be at risk of heart problems and dementia because of toxic material found in hip replacements.

Medical regulators are investigating the issue, which stems from cobalt and chromium used in metal-on-metal hip implants, reports News Corp.

The toxic materials have previously been linked to a higher risk of heart failure, prompting Britain’s Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to set up an expert group on the matter.

Experts discovered the dangers associated with metal-on-metal joint replacements more than a decade ago and as such they are no longer used.

However, the ongoing effects for those who received the implants before they were cast aside are worrisome for both doctors and patients.

Last week, the MHRA said anyone who has been fitted with a metal-on-metal joint should attend regular checkups.

Source: Investigation launched into ‘toxic’ hip replacements | Starts at 60