What is included in postoperative monitoring of aortic stenosis (AS) in noncardiac surgery patients?

Updated: Jul 16, 2021
  • Author: Lindsay A (Finger) Raleigh, MD; Chief Editor: Sheela Pai Cole, MD  more...
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For AS patients undergoing noncardiac surgery, it is also important to determine the optimal location for postoperative recovery. Depending on the patient’s comorbidities, intraoperative course, and expected postoperative hemodynamic changes, it may be necessary to arrange for postoperative recovery in a location that permits more intensive hemodynamic monitoring (eg, an intensive care unit [ICU] or a stepdown unit with telemetry). Again, maintaining adequate BP and preload and avoiding tachycardia and arrhythmias are crucial.

Inadequately treated pain may result in tachycardia; therefore, appropriate pain control with medications or regional anesthetic techniques should be encouraged.

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