A hole in the heart increases post-surgical risk of stroke

New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that a common anatomic anomaly - a hole between the upper chambers of the heart that fails to close after birth - doubles the risk of stroke ...


Pre-op liraglutide cuts post-op plasma glucose in T2DM

(HealthDay)—For patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus undergoing non-cardiac surgery, premedication with liraglutide is associated with reduced median plasma glucose one hour postoperatively, according to a study published ...


Is low-dose aspirin right for you after surgery?

(HealthDay)—Each year, millions of American heart patients go "under the knife" for various kinds of surgery. Often they're told to take a low-dose aspirin, to help lower their odds for a post-op blood clot.


Blood test can detect heart damage after non-cardiac surgery

A blood test for a protein called high-sensitivity troponin T, which is released into the bloodstream when injury to the heart occurs, can identify patients with heart damage after non-cardiac surgery whose lives could potentially ...


ASA: patients undergoing surgery should stay on statins

(HealthDay)—Discontinuing statins before non-cardiac surgery is unnecessary and may increase the risk of death following the operation, researchers report. The findings were to be presented at the annual meeting of the ...


CHADS2 best predictor of postoperative mortality risk

(HealthDay)—The CHADS2 atrial fibrillation (AF) risk score is the best predictor of postoperative stroke or death regardless of type of surgery, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in the Journal of Thrombosis ...

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