Anesthesia Affects The Heart – Part 1 of 2
Anesthesia Affects The Heart. More affect about the safety of a common anesthetic has been raised in a new study. Patients who received the anesthesia drug etomidate during surgery might be at increased endanger for cardiovascular problems or death, according to the study, which was published in the December issue of the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia. An accompanying editorial in the journal said the findings add to growing concerns about the use of the drug. The inquiry compared about 2100 patients who received etomidate and about 5200 patients who received another intravenous anesthetic called propofol.
All of the patients in the study underwent surgery that didn’t cover the heart. Compared to those who received propofol, patients who received etomidate had a significantly higher risk of death within 30 days after surgery, according to a journal news release. The risk was 6,5 percent in the etomidate assemblage and 2,5 percent in the propofol group, said study leader Dr Ryu Komatsu, of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.