Assessment of myocardial function before aortic surgery by radionuclide angiocardiography

Br J Surg. 1985 Nov;72(11):886-7. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800721113.

Abstract

A consecutive series of 41 patients undergoing elective aortic surgery had pre-operative assessment of cardiac function by radionuclide angiocardiography. Their subsequent progress was monitored. There were 4 patients whose pre-operative left ventricular ejection fraction was less than 30 per cent and 3 of these patients died of cardiac failure postoperatively. There was only 1 death from cardiac failure amongst the 37 patients whose pre-operative left ventricular ejection fraction was less than 30 per cent. Radionuclide angiocardiography is an accurate indicator of myocardial function of patients before major aortic surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aorta, Abdominal / diagnostic imaging*
  • Aorta, Abdominal / surgery
  • Female
  • Heart / diagnostic imaging*
  • Heart / physiopathology
  • Heart Arrest / mortality
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Radionuclide Imaging