Pulmonary Hypertension: An Important Predictor of Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Non-Cardiac Surgery

The authors of this article report on perioperative outcomes in a large cohort of patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery, comparing those with and without pulmonary hypertension. They conclude, that in addition to the traditionally known risk factors for outcomes such as coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, chronic renal insufficiency, and American Society of Anesthesiology class, the presence of underlying pulmonary hypertension can have a significant negative impact on perioperative outcomes.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21195595