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Perspectives

Risk assessment for cardiac surgery

Akshat Saxena, Andrew E Newcomb

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Abstract

Cardiac surgery is reproducible, effective and increasingly safe. Although outcomes have improved over time, there are still significant risks associated with cardiac surgery. Risk stratification tools can allow clinicians to identify high-risk patients and tailor their management accordingly.

Key Points

  • Cardiac surgery is safe and effective, even in elderly patients.
  • Patients should be given the opportunity to meet a cardiac surgeon to assess formally their risk for surgery.
  • Risk stratification tools can allow us to identify people at higher risk and tailor their treatment accordingly.

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