Risk Stratification and Prognosis

Online Nuclear Cardiology Training Curriculum: Open Access

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Educational tools comprised of systematic reviews of clinical concepts and scientific evidence that serve as a resource to advise clinicians.

Strategies for Defining an Optimal Risk-Benefit Ratio for Stress Myocardial Perfusion SPECT - 2011

Journal of Nuclear Cardiology (JNC) Classic Articles

Advances in nuclear cardiology: Preoperative risk stratification
Kenneth A. Brown, MD
J Nucl Cardiol. 2004;11:335-48.
Nuclear imaging is an important component for assessing cardiac risk and guiding therapy in patients scheduled for noncardiac surgery.  Much has changed with surgical techniques and understanding the role of preoperative risk assessment has evolved.  Appropriate use criteria are available to help clinicians refer the right patients for testing prior to surgery. This 2004 Achievements in Nuclear Cardiology describes nuclear imaging at that time and emphasizes the importance of taking into account clinical predictors, functional capacity, and the type/risk of noncardiac surgery prior to testing, similar to current recommendations.