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Preoperative Cardiovascular Evaluation in Canada

By |December 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

The Preoperative Cardiovascular Evaluation consists in the performance of a comprehensive medical examination, which includes the realization of a precise clinical history and a complete physical examination aimed at establishing the potential risk factors inherent to the patient, and to the surgical intervention. The preoperative cardiovascular evaluation has the purpose of determining the presence of diseases that may affect the surgical risk, the prognosis and / or the recovery of the patient. In the preoperative evaluation, the doctor obtains the general data of the patient, family history, personal pathological history, and toxic habits that could lead to potential cardiovascular, pulmonary or metabolic complications during the surgery. During the cardiovascular evaluation the doctor will perform a series of tests in order to rule out the existence of any heart disease. The most used tests are: Electrocardiogram The electrocardiogram (EKG) is an important part of the basic preoperative evaluation of each patient since it allows to identify alterations in the electrical activity of the heart such as arrhythmias, conduction disorders, hypertrophy, or ischemia. The presence of an abnormal EKG considerably increases the risk of the surgery. Echocardiogram The echocardiogram is a diagnostic test that offers a moving image of the heart through the use of ultrasound. In this way you can see not only the anatomy of the heart, but also the functionality, that is, if the cavities move correctly or the valves open and close properly. The results allow the cardiologist to determine if there are heart and / or vascular diseases. Chest x-ray Chest radiography is an important part of the pre-surgical evaluation because it allows to identify medical conditions that could condition the delay or cancellation of surgery such as the presence of cardiac [...]

How to Prevent Heart Disease

By |September 27th, 2013|Categories: News|

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Heart Disease is an umbrella term that covers a variety of cardiovascular conditions, including blood vessel diseases, coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, congenital heart defects and infections of the heart. Although heart disease is a serious condition, there are some simple lifestyle choices you can make to lower your risk of developing heart disease. […]

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How to Prevent Heart Disease by Lowering Your Cholesterol

By |September 27th, 2013|Categories: News|

Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid), found both in the body and in certain foods. It has spent its fair share of time in the news because of its association with heart disease and stroke, but in fact, cholesterol is a vital substance, found in the blood and in every cell of the body. […]

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Genetic Testing In Evaluation of Inherited Cardiac Arrhythmias

By |September 4th, 2013|Categories: News|

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society and Canadian Heart Rhythm Society have produced the first-ever comprehensive guidelines on the use of genetic testing in the clinical management of inherited heart rhythm disorders, released in the March/April issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology published by Elsevier. […]

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