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Cardiac Pre-Operative Clearance


Cardiac Pre-Operative Clearance

About Cardiac Pre-Operative Clearance

Cardiac pre-operative clearance tells your surgeon you can safely get surgery based on the status of your heart health. At AssociatesMD in Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Weston, Margate, and Dania Beach, Florida, the multidisciplinary team includes cardiologists who perform tests such as electrocardiograms and stress testing for patients who need cardiac clearance before surgery. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today. You can also walk in for an urgent care visit at any time. 

Cardiac Pre-Operative Clearance Q & A

What is cardiac pre-operative clearance?

Cardiac pre-operative clearance is necessary before many surgical operations. The team at AssociatesMD conducts a series of tests and asks numerous questions to verify that your heart is healthy enough to withstand surgery, which in many cases also includes anesthesia. 

Typically, the results are available within 24-48 hours. You can then take your results to your surgeon so they can decide how to proceed with your care. 

By getting a cardiac pre-operative clearance if needed before an operation, you lower your risk of life-threatening cardiac events during surgery like heart attack or stroke. 

Who needs cardiac pre-operative clearance?

Many people who are about to undergo some type of operation need cardiac pre-operative clearance. You should plan on booking a cardiac pre-operative clearance appointment at AssociatesMD if you:

  • Are getting plastic surgery of any kind
  • Have a complex medical history
  • Have a history of heart disease or related conditions
  • Have comorbidities such as sleep apnea, hypertension, or diabetes
  • Are undergoing a high-risk surgery
  • Have had past cardiac complications with anesthesia

During your visit, the team asks multiple questions about your overall health, your surgical history, and your family’s medical history. They also ask about your exercise capacity and other details to better understand your health and vitality before you get the surgery you need. 

Which diagnostic services does cardiac pre-operative clearance use?

Pre-operative clearance at AssociatesMD starts with a basic physical exam and review of your medical history. After gathering information with a detailed questionnaire about your health and surgical history, the team proceeds with a series of cardiac tests to evaluate your heart function. 

Some of the tests you might get during your cardiac pre-operative clearance visit are:

  • Holter monitor
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) 
  • Echocardiogram 
  • Stress test
  • Nuclear stress test
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • Carotid sonogram
  • Event monitor
  • X-ray

Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with these tests. The team is prepared to interpret and explain your results as soon as they’re available. They can also answer any additional questions you have about your heart health and how it relates to your upcoming surgery. 

If you have surgery coming up and need a cardiac pre-operative clearance, call AssociatesMD or schedule an appointment online. You can also walk in for an urgent care visit at any time.