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Post–Cardiac Surgery Encephalopathy and Stroke

Louis R. Caplan

in Stroke

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Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199739141
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322978 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739141.003.024

Series: What Do I Do Now

Post–Cardiac Surgery Encephalopathy and Stroke

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The most common cause of strokes and encephalopathy after coronary artery bypass surgery is embolization from atherosclerotic aortic atheromas. A thorough evaluation including a history of transient ischemic attacks and strokes, and studies of cardiac function and aortic atherosclerosis should precede elective coronary artery bypass surgery. Strategies for surgery- on-pump vs. off-pump, and management of the aorta should be planned before surgery.

Chapter.  1008 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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