Usefulness of transthoracic echocardiography as a tool for risk stratification of patients undergoing major noncardiac surgery.

@article{Rohde2001UsefulnessOT,
  title={Usefulness of transthoracic echocardiography as a tool for risk stratification of patients undergoing major noncardiac surgery.},
  author={Luis Eduardo P. Rohde and Car{\'i}si Anne Polanczyk and Lee W Goldman and E. Francis Cook and Richard T Lee and Thomas H. Lee},
  journal={The American journal of cardiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={87 5},
  pages={505-9}
}
Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is frequently ordered before noncardiac surgery, although its ability to predict perioperative cardiac complications is uncertain. To evaluate the incremental information provided by TTE after consideration of clinical data for prediction of cardiac complications after noncardiac surgery, 570 patients who underwent TTE before major noncardiac surgery at a university hospital were studied. Preoperative clinical data and clinical outcomes were collected… CONTINUE READING