Elective surgery risks for heart

Each year more than a million operations are complicated by heart attacks and death from cardiac causes. As most surgery is elective these days then it pays to be cautious.  There are a number of risk factors that should be taken into account:

  • Unstable angina,
  • previous heart attack,
  • heart failure
  • significant heart blockage
  • heart disease with arrhythmia
  • severe valvular heart disease
  • multiple intermediate risk markers such as heart attack and diabetes.

Other risk factors include:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes and kidney disorders
  • poor health and lack of exercise
  • longer stay in hospital.

(Image courtesy: Surgeons repairing a ruptured Achilles tendon on a man, Wikipedia)

1 comment

  1. I have had one ovary removed and now have checks on the other one due to another cyst on that. My question is, I suffer with an arrhythmia and i am extrermly poorly after a general anasthetic ( so much so,,that nurses always say they were very worried about me, which is never reassuring!!) I have spoken to Consultants etc with my concerns about having it done again, but they say i am worrying over nothing. To me, if someone has a nut allergy you wouldnt feed them peanuts would you?
    I have heard that some consultants perform Hysterectomys under local anasthetic, but i cannot find any specialists.
    Please can you help,,,i have to find an alternative.
    I know to most people it is scary to stay awake but for me, its the only answer

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