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While postoperative tachycardia is fairly common following free flap breast reconstruction, it often causes physician alarm and leads to extensive workup. Jaime L. Bernstein and her co-authors from the NewYork-Presbyterian Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery @columbiacornellplasticsurgery retrospectively reviewed 249 DIEP flap patients and found preoperative heart rate and flap weight to be significant predictors of tachycardia. Further, they discovered that tachycardic patients were not at higher risk for complications in the immediate postoperative period, suggesting that isolated tachycardia should be considered a relatively benign finding that does not warrant extensive workup or prolonged inpatient monitoring. Post-operative Tachycardia in DIEP Flap Patients: Is It a Reason to Worry? Jaime L. Bernstein, MD MS; Hao Huang, BS; David M. Otterburn, MD Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian @columbiacornellplasticsurgery

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