Perioperative myocardial damage and cardiac outcome in patients-at-risk undergoing non-cardiac surgery
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Despite increasingly sophisticated perioperative management, cardiovascular complications continue to be major challenges for the clinician. As a growing number of elderly patients with known coronary artery disease (CAD) or with risk factors for CAD are undergoing non-cardiac surgery, cardiovascular complications will remain a significant clinical problem in the future.
The overall objective of this thesis was to study the incidence of myocardial damage and perioperative adverse cardiac events, to determine predictors of poor outcome and to assess the effect of a medical intervention in patients at risk undergoing non-cardiac surgery.
The studies in this thesis were conducted on a total of 952 patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery. Studies I and IV were multicenter studies; whereas the patients included in studies II and III underwent non-cardiac surgery at Linkoping University Hospital, Sweden.
The correlation between postoperative myocardial damage and short- and long-term outcome were studied in 546 patients, aged 70 years or older undergoing non-cardiac surgery of at least 30 minutes duration. This study showed a close correlation between postoperative myocardial damage and poor short- as well as long-term outcome. Elevated Troponin T was a strong independent predictor of mortality within one year of surgery. In 186 patients with ASA physical status classification III or IV undergoing non-elective surgery, the incidence of myocardial damage was 33%. In this study preoperative myocardial damage was an independent predictor of major adverse cardiac events in the postoperative period. In 69 patients with ASA physical status classification III & IV undergoing acute hip surgery, we found a close correlation between elevated NT-proBNP value prior to surgery and cardiac complications in the postoperative period. To study the effect of acetylsalicylic acid on postoperative myocardial damage and cardiovascular events, 220 patients at risk were randomized to receive 75 mg of acetylsalicylic acid or placebo 7 days prior to surgery until the third postoperative day. This study showed that treatment with acetylsalicylic acid resulted in an 8% (95% CI 1-15%) absolute risk reduction of having a postoperative major adverse cardiac event. No statistically significant differences of bleeding complications were seen between the groups.
In conclusion, this thesis contributes to the understanding of the clinical relevance of elevated cardiac markers (with or without clinical or ECG signs of myocardial damage) in patients undergoing elective or emergency surgery. Moreover, we have identified predictors of poor outcome in the perioperative period that could be used as tools for identifying patients at risk. Finally, we have shown that continuing acetylsalicylic acid in the perioperative period reduced the risk of major adverse cardiac events within 30 days of surgery.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2009. , 89 p.
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1141
Myocardial damage, cardiac complication, outcome, aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid
Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20240ISBN: 978-91-7393-572-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20240DiVA: diva2:233376
2009-10-02, Victoriasalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Campus US, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
Ricksten, Sven-Erik, Professor
Eintrei, Christina, Professor
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