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Ann Cardiol Angeiol (Paris). 2005 Aug;54(4):179-83.

[Risk assessment before non-cardiac surgery: what do anesthesiologists expect from cardiologists?].

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Unité de neuroanesthésie, hôpital général, CHU de Dijon, 3, rue du Faubourg-Raines, 21033 Dijon, France.


Patients with a cardiac pathology are at high risk of perioperative cardiac complications. Therefore, an evaluation of the cardiac risk before a non-cardiac surgery has to be performed. The importance of the risk depends on the type of surgery, the patient's clinical symptoms and his adaptation to a physical effort. Exams are chosen according to the pathology, the information searched for and should be non invasive. After the evaluation, a specific preparation of the patient and the institution or an adaptation of cardioprotective medications should be discussed. The cardiologic consultation also allows a better management of antithrombotic or antiplatelet therapy. Preoperative evaluation of the cardiac risk is based on the collaboration between cardiologist and anesthesiologist to select the patients to evaluate, optimize their management, and decrease the risk of complications.

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