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What are the risks of anesthetics to a heart patient?
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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
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In brief: It depends.
Many anesthetics are what we call 'cardiac depressants" and therefore, if a heart is already weak or compromised(congestive heart failure) then the anesthetics themselves can worsen that.
Most insult to the heart patient comes from the surgical stress response, and anesthesia will often times attenuate this. Each patient is different. Depending on what is wrong with the heart, we will tailor th.

In brief: It depends.
Many anesthetics are what we call 'cardiac depressants" and therefore, if a heart is already weak or compromised(congestive heart failure) then the anesthetics themselves can worsen that.
Most insult to the heart patient comes from the surgical stress response, and anesthesia will often times attenuate this. Each patient is different. Depending on what is wrong with the heart, we will tailor th.
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