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Arch Monaldi Mal Torace. 1990 May-Jun;45(3):175-86.

[The diagnosis of the cardiologic risk in patients destined for lung removal surgery].

[Article in Italian]

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I Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, Cattedra di Cardiologia, Università degli Studi di Napoli.


The expanding role of pulmonary surgery could be expected to lead to an increase in postoperative morbidity and mortality unless surgical risk factors are identified by means of a careful preoperative assessment. A careful and intelligent preoperative evaluation can reduce the morbidity and mortality after lung resection by ensuring the appropriate selection of patients and a rational choice of operative procedure. To evaluate the cardiologic risk in patients undergoing lung resection, 18 of them underwent a diagnostic protocol based on non invasive analysis including ECG, stress test with basal and exercise blood gas analysis, M- and B-mode and Doppler echocardiography. This protocol was able to identify possible cardiologic risk in the perioperative period without applying invasive techniques and with a good cost-benefits ratio.

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