Preoperative screening for perioperative cardiac risk

R. E. Zuniga, W. Rappaport, J. Valente, R. Allen, I. Lesnick, E. Kligman

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Preoperative screening for potential cardiac complications is crucial in making rational decisions about surgery. A number of classification schemes are available to aid the primary care physician in assessing a patient's perioperative cardiac risk. In general, these schemes enable the physician to place patients in low-risk, moderate-risk and high-risk categories. Patients at low risk can often be safely referred for surgery with minimal preoperative evaluation, while those at potentially high risk frequently need further assessment and medical or surgical treatment of cardiac disease prior to surgery. The classification schemes are most accurate in identifying patients at high risk for perioperative cardiac complications. However, patients with silent underlying cardiac disease are often underclassified with respect to potential risk. For those patients, accurate prediction of perioperative cardiac complications can be challenging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1285-1291
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican family physician
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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