Neurologic complications of cardiac surgery

Rafael Llinas, Denise Barbut, Louis R. Caplan

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The average age of patients undergoing cardiac surgery and the number of comorbidities they possess will continue to increase as surgical technology advances. Toxic/metabolic encephalopathy, hemispheric strokes, hypoxic injury, and peripheral nerve lesions all can occur as a result of cardiac surgery. Therefore, an understanding of the neurologic risk, recognizable syndromes, and preventative measures will continue to be important. Careful preoperative assessment, operative risk factor reduction, and careful postoperative assessments and management may reduce the neurologic risk for cardiac surgery. Copyright (C) 2000 by W.B. Saunders Company.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-112
Number of pages12
JournalProgress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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