Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7059.750c (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:750
  1. N Mamode, Registrar,
  2. J G Pollock, Consultant vascular surgeon,
  3. R N Scott, Consultant surgeon
  1. Ayr Hospital, Ayr KA6 6DX
  2. Peripheral Vascular Unit, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF
  3. Monklands Hospital, Airdrie ML6 0JS

    EDITOR,—Our study was aimed primarily at ascertaining the incidence of perioperative myocardial infarction rather than at determining how it might be predicted. We concluded that the incidence is fairly high and that larger studies are needed to define which are the most useful predictors of risk. We agree with M D D Bell that the factors involved in precipitating perioperative myocardial infarction are complex, but we did not claim that stratification would itself reduce the risks of surgery. We aimed to clarify whether the incidence of …

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