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Non-cardiac surgeries (NCS) performed in patients with a recent myocardial infarction or coronary stent implantation have been associated with increased risk of perioperative cardiac events and bleeding compared with patients with more distant myocardial infarction or stent placement.1 ,2 Whether a similar time-dependent relationship exists for stroke is not known, and recommendations on timing of surgery in patients with prior stroke in current perioperative guidelines are sparse. Jørgensen and colleagues investigated the association between prior stroke (including time elapsed between stroke and surgery) and the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and all-cause death up to 30 days after non-cardiac elective surgery in a group of Danish patients.
The study …