Perioperative myocardial infarction (PMI) is one of the most important predictors of short- and long term morbidity and mortality associated with noncardiac surgery3‑6. Prevention of a PMI is therefore key to improving overall postoperative outcome. Unfortunately, the exact mechanism of PMI is not fully understood and remains a subject of continued debate3,4,6. Chapter one describes the current understanding of the pathophysiology of perioperative myocardial infarctions.

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Financial support by the Netherlands Heart Foundation for the publication of this thesis is gratefully acknowledged. Part of the research described in this thesis was supported by a grant of the Netherlands Heart Foundation (NHF # 2003B143) Financial support for this thesis was generously provided by: Stichting Lijf en Leven, Novartis Pharma BV, Merck Serono BV, AstraZenica BV.
D. Poldermans (Don) , H. Boersma (Eric)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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