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Cardiac clearance for major surgery
Anybody with known heart disease who needs a major operation, should be cleared cardiac-wise to make sure the procedure will be safe. This is usually done with an EKG, some blood work and a stress test:
The type of anesthesia depends on the procedure, but in your case it probably doesn't matter, whatever you, your surgeon and anesthesiologist are comfortable with. If your stress test is positive, your cardiac condition will need to be evaluated more thoroughly (like with a cardiac catherization or CTCA):
At that point, a decision needs to be made whether your coronary artery disease requires a procedure such as a stent or bypass surgery vs. continued medical therapy. If you haven't had any angina since your MI and have lived a healthy lifestyle, this is unlikely!
If you need a procedure you can evaluate your options here:
Hope this helps,
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