Preoperative Cardiovascular Risk
An evaluation helps lower your risk and improve outcomes.
If you are having surgery, your doctor may want to evaluate your risk of experiencing any cardiac complications. In most surgical cases, patients in otherwise good health generally do not require any preoperative cardiac testing. However, patients who have known cardiovascular disease, including peripheral artery disease and stroke, are considered high-risk for potential problems.
Pre-surgical assessments help you and your doctor weigh the benefits and risk of surgery.
Pre-surgical evaluations can help doctors take steps to decrease cardiac risks for patients and improve their surgical outcomes. They can also decrease the need to postpone or cancel procedures, and can also help shorten postoperative hospital stays. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have both issued recommendations for the assessment of cardiac risk in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery. Doctors evaluate various risk factors, individual patient characteristics and the type of procedure when determining whether to proceed.