Baseline heart rate may predict hypotension after spinal anesthesia in prehydrated obstetrical patients.


PURPOSE Hypotension is the most frequent complication of spinal anesthesia in pregnant patients. This study was designed to identify patients at risk for postspinal hypotension based on preoperative vital signs before and after an orthostatic challenge. METHODS Forty healthy women scheduled for elective Cesarean section were enrolled in this prospective… (More)