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Minor surgery is on hold because of an arrhythmia, but I have no symptoms. What's wrong?  

At a preop for minor prostate surgery they discovered an arrhythmia. NOW THE PROSTATE PROCEDURE IS ON HOLD. I have no apparent symptoms re arrhythmia so what's wrong? I AM 83 AND have TYPE 2 diabetes. 

submitted by Donahue from Van Nuys, California on 6/18/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Denton A. Cooley, MD  Denton A. Cooley, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCP

Medically acceptable standards of care necessitate that a known arrhythmia, regardless of whether symptoms are associated or not, should be evaluated prior to any patient undergoing a surgical procedure and administration of anesthesia. I am not sure of the nature of your arrhythmia. Many are innocuous changes associated with advanced age. Your doctor is being prudent and may advise further cardiology evaluation.

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