Clinical Assessment of Cardiovascular Disease
Preoperative clinical investigation is of primary importance in assessing the fitness for anaesthesia of any patient with cardiovascular disease. It provides an idea of the maximum degree of physiological stress able to be endured, and as such provides information as to whether any patient is likely to be able to endure anaesthesia and surgery without developing unacceptable complications. Laboratory investigations provide confirmation of any dysfunction, diagnosis of asymptomatic disorders, diagnosis of disorders incapable of clinical diagnosis, in addition to providing a quantitative measure of any disorder.
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