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March 2017 Br J Cardiol 2017;24:11–12 doi:10.5837/bjc.2017.005

Optimising BP measurement and treatment before elective surgery: taking the pressure off

Simon G Anderson, Nigel Beckett, Adam C Pichel, Terry McCormack

Abstract

This publication in the British Journal of Cardiology is part of the need for coordinated publications to ensure that cardiologists are aware of the current consensus. The recommendations are limited to a specific scope – the period prior to planned surgery. Blood pressures that may cause an immediate risk to health are specified, rather than those that may cause risk over the long term. The best method of taking accurate blood pressure measurements is also examined. For the cardiologist who may be contacted to provide advice and management options for hospitalised patients with elevated blood pressure during the pre-operative period, this

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