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Core competency review: Aortic stenosis and noncardiac surgery

Abstract

Abstract

Aortic stenosis (AS) poses a risk of adverse cardiac events for patients undergoing surgical procedures. Perioperative mortality for patients with severe AS is as high as 14%. This review examines the accuracy of the history and physical examination in detecting AS and, subsequently, in assessing severity. The utility of echocardiography is addressed, and the relevant pathophysiology of AS is summarized. We also summarize what is known about perioperative risk for patients with AS. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2012;. © 2012 Society of Hospital Medicine

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