BY: Dr. Forest Tenant
Although severe pain can have profound and negative impacts on the cardiovascular (CV) system, this complication has received scant attention. Pain may affect the CV system by multiple mechanisms, and sudden CV death may occur in chronic pain patients who experience a severe pain flare. One of the goals of pain treatment should be to stabilize and bring homeostasis to a pain patient's CV system. This is particularly the case with older patients who have either overt or covert cardiovascular disease or who may be at risk of developing it.
Posted with written permission from Dr. Forest Tenant on 02/20/11
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Published on site 2/20/11