Perioperative Care of Cardiac Risk Patients: New Pharmacological Strategies

  • P. Coriat
Conference paper


Taking into account the nature of perioperative cardiac complications and the moment when they occur during the operating period, it has become possible to define perioperative managements, which may improve the cardiac risk in patients suffering from coronary artery disease (CAD) undergoing non-cardiac surgery. The main goal of the perioperative management of patients with coronary artery disease is to control increased sympathetic tone or its circulatory effects. Two types of cardiovascular drugs have been recommended to achieve this goal: β adrenergic blocking drugs and α-2 adrenoreceptor agonists.


Coronary Artery Disease Patient Noncardiac Surgery Adrenoceptors Agonist Cardiac Morbidity Postoperative Myocardial Infarction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Coriat
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of AnaesthesiaPitié-Salpêtrière HospitalParisFrance

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