We studied the utility of electron beam computed tomography as a screening test for the cardiovascular risk of elective vascular surgery. In 45 patients undergoing principally carotid and aortic surgical procedures, coronary artery calcification was prevalent and severe, and related to the clinically predicted cardiovascular risk of the procedure. However, only the clinically predicted surgical risk, and not coronary artery calcification, was related to the incidence of perioperative cardiovascular complications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine