The seventeenth-century physician Thomas Sydenham said, “You are as old as your arteries.” Vascular surgery involves surgery on vessels throughout the body, from the aorta and great vessels to the arteries and veins extending into the extremities. Vascular patients often carry with them multiple comorbidities, and they are frequently involved in high-risk procedures that can pose specific challenges to the anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist plays a critical role in the care of vascular patients, and it is important to understand the challenges and techniques needed for their proper care before, during, and after any surgical intervention.
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