Myocardial Ischemia or Cardiac Failure: Which Constitutes the Major Perioperative Risk?

  • P. Older
  • A. Hall
Conference paper


That cardiac disease is a potent cause of postoperative morbidity and mortality is not open to question. The question should be, is myocardial ischemia or cardiac failure the greater threat to the surgical patient? It is our contention that cardiac failure in the postoperative period, is the most important issue and that myocardial ischemia, as an isolated finding, may not be as important as is often thought.


Myocardial Ischemia Cardiac Failure Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Oxygen Delivery Noncardiac Surgery 


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