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Br J Surg. 1985 Nov;72(11):886-7.

Assessment of myocardial function before aortic surgery by radionuclide angiocardiography.

Abstract

A consecutive series of 41 patients undergoing elective aortic surgery had pre-operative assessment of cardiac function by radionuclide angiocardiography. Their subsequent progress was monitored. There were 4 patients whose pre-operative left ventricular ejection fraction was less than 30 per cent and 3 of these patients died of cardiac failure postoperatively. There was only 1 death from cardiac failure amongst the 37 patients whose pre-operative left ventricular ejection fraction was less than 30 per cent. Radionuclide angiocardiography is an accurate indicator of myocardial function of patients before major aortic surgery.

PMID:
4063758
DOI:
10.1002/bjs.1800721113
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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