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Findings published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggest that use of a geriatric-sensitive risk index tool may help identify surgical patients aged 65 years or older who are at increased risk of cardiac complications from noncardiac surgery. 

The researchers developed a model using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) 2013 geriatric cohort, and validated it with the NSQIP 2012 geriatric cohort. They found that the newly developed Geriatric-Sensitive Cardiac Risk Index offered significant improvement in assessing cardiac risk in geriatric patients undergoing noncardiac surgery compared to the Revised Cardiac Risk Index and the Gupta Myocardial Infarction or Cardiac Arrest calculator. Learn more...