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Invited Commentary
February 2017

Trends in Perioperative Cardiovascular Events: Mostly Sunny, With Showers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor
  • 2University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Cardiol. 2017;2(2):188-189. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2016.4786

The past decade and a half has witnessed a culture change in perioperative cardiovascular evaluation and management. On the basis of landmark studies such as the Coronary Artery Revascularization Project (CARP)1 and the PeriOperative ISchemic Evaluation (POISE) trial,2 we have learned that practices such as routine preoperative coronary angiography and one-size-fits-all β-blockade are not beneficial (and, in the latter case, appear to be harmful). The most recent iteration of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) perioperative guidelines advocates a relatively parsimonious approach to preoperative stress testing and advises caution with regard to initiating and titrating β-blockers.3

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