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Lesson 2
Lesson 2 - Epidemiology

1. Perioperative Cardiac Morbidity (PCM)

Perioperative Cardiac Morbidity (PCM). What's that? Why more initials? When we started studying cardiac risk we needed to do epidemiologic studies to identify who was at risk. To make the studies large enough to have statistically significant results, we grouped all the cardiac outcomes together to get larger numbers. We can all agree that cardiac death, myocardial infarction, unstable angina, heart failure, and life-threatening dysrhythmias, primarily ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation are bad. Perioperative cardiac morbidity includes all these cardiac events. It is the goal of BBAC to reduce perioperative cardiac morbidity.

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Perioperative Cardiac Morbidity (PCM)

bullet Cardiac Death
bullet Myocardial Infarction
bullet Unstable Angina
bullet Heart Failure
bullet Life Threatening Dysrhythmia

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