Features December 2007 Issue

Heart Patients and Non-Cardiac Surgery: What You Should Know

New guidelines help heart patients avoid complications during and after non-cardiac surgeries.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have issued new guidelines regarding the precautions heart patients should take before they have non-cardiac surgery. We asked Michael D. Faulx, MD, FACC, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic, what these guidelines mean for cardiac patients who need to undergo an operation.

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