Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The issue addressed in this paper was the concept of patients with coronary artery disease going for non-cardiac surgery, including anesthesia considerations during surgery. The exploration of anesthesia considerations in patients with a history of coronary artery disease is important, because the nurse anesthetist needs to: a) be aware of the incidence of coronary artery disease, b) be knowledgeable regarding the pathophysiology involved in coronary artery disease to assist in prompt diagnosis and treatment of ischemia, c) plan and carry out an appropriate anesthetic plan during surgery, d) be knowledgeable in the treatment of a patient who suffers a myocardial infarction during the intraoperative phase and, e) be knowledgeable of teclmiques during the postoperative phase to minimize adverse cardiac events. This project covers material related to the role of the nurse anesthetist in treating patients with coronary artery disease and concludes with recommendations for nursing research, policy, education and practice