Ugeskr Læger 2015;177:V11140633
Myocardial injury and infarction is an overlooked complication after non-cardiac surgery
Annually, several million patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery develop myocardial injury or a myocardial infarction in the perioperative period. This frequent complication is associ-ated with a high mortality. Despite an increasing focus on the issue the pathophysiology and the treatment of perioperative myocardial injury and infarction still remains partly unclear. Recently a new risk stratification tool was developed, which allows physicians to identify patients at risk. This review offers insight into the prevalence, pathophysiology, diagnostics, risk stratification and treatment of perioperative myocardial injury and infarction.