Show Summary Details
Page of

Postoperative hypotension 

Postoperative hypotension
Postoperative hypotension

Alistair Macfie

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 September 2020

Hypotension is a common occurrence in up to 75% of patients in the early postoperative period after cardiac surgery. The blood pressure is used as a surrogate for impaired tissue perfusion. In fact, the blood pressure and the flow are equally important to regional perfusion. A definition of hypotension and the clinical management of the common causes are included. In the assessment of hypotensive patients in the postoperative period after cardiac surgery, it is important to know what the blood pressure was before surgery as this acts as a baseline. Goals for mean arterial pressure should be set on an individual patient basis taking into account preoperative factors such as a history of hypertension and baseline ventricular function.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.