Perioperative cardiac events in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery: a review of the magnitude of the problem, the pathophysiology of the events and methods to estimate and communicate risk.

@article{Devereaux2005PerioperativeCE,
  title={Perioperative cardiac events in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery: a review of the magnitude of the problem, the pathophysiology of the events and methods to estimate and communicate risk.},
  author={P J Devereaux and Lee W Goldman and Deborah J Cook and Ken Allen Gilbert and Kate Leslie and Gordon H. Guyatt},
  journal={CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne},
  year={2005},
  volume={173 6},
  pages={
          627-34
        }
}
This is the first of 2 articles evaluating cardiac events in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery. In this article, we review the magnitude of the problem, the pathophysiology of these events, approaches to risk assessment and communication of risk. The number of patients undergoing noncardiac surgery worldwide is growing, and annually 500,000 to 900,000 of these patients experience perioperative cardiac death, nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) or nonfatal cardiac arrest. Although the… CONTINUE READING
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