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Cardiac Preoperative Clearance

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Cardiac Preoperative Clearance

Cardiac Preoperative Clearance services offered in Lanham, Bowie, Camp Springs, Largo and Laurel, MD

Having any type of surgery can increase your risk for heart-related complications, especially if you already have an undiagnosed heart condition. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, the skilled cardiologists offer cardiac preoperative clearance services to screen for heart damage or defects that can be complicated by surgery. The providers use advanced technologies to screen for blockages, electrical problems, and other heart issues to ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery. Call the office in Lanham, Bowie, Camp Springs, Silver Spring, Laurel, or Largo, Maryland, to schedule a cardiac preoperative clearance or book an appointment online today.

Cardiac Preoperative Clearance Q & A

What is cardiac preoperative clearance?

Cardiac preoperative clearance involves a series of cardiac tests to identify potential underlying heart conditions before you undergo surgery.

This type of preoperative clearance can lower your risk for serious heart-related complications that can occur during or after surgery because of anesthesia or the trauma that surgery causes to your body.

Cardiac-related complications that can result from surgery or anesthesia include:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Premature death

By identifying your risk for such cardiac events ahead of surgery, your cardiologist can determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for surgery. They can also ensure you get necessary medical treatment to protect your heart health.

Why would I need cardiac preoperative clearance?

You may need cardiac preoperative clearance if you need surgery to treat any type of medical condition. Capitol Cardiology Associates offers pre-surgery testing if you have risk factors for cardiac conditions such as:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking history
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

Because many heart issues don’t cause symptoms until the condition progresses, cardiac preoperative clearance is important for preventing complications before and after surgery, especially if you’re unaware of underlying heart dysfunction.

What is involved in cardiac preoperative clearance?

During your cardiac preoperative clearance appointment, your Capitol Cardiology Associates provider reviews your personal and family medical histories. They also perform a physical exam to assess your overall health and confirm you can tolerate anesthesia and surgery.

There are several cardiac tests the team can perform in-office based on your health history, other risk factors, and the type of surgery you need.

As part of your cardiac preoperative clearance, you may need:

  • Bloodwork
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress test
  • Chest X-ray

After your tests are complete, your provider discusses your results with you and sends them to your surgeon for evaluation.

If your tests reveal heart irregularities, you may need additional cardiac testing. If you have an untreated heart condition, your cardiologist can customize a treatment plan to address it. They may also recommend that you put off surgery until your condition is under control.

Call the Capitol Cardiology Associates office near you to schedule a cardiac preoperative clearance or book a consultation online today.