AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 28, Number 3, 2019

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Brain Health Not Affected by Major Heart Surgery

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New study offers important and novel way to look at ‘old problem’ of cognitive dysfunction

Patients who undergo heart surgery do not experience major memory changes—either better or worse—when compared with those who have a much less invasive, catheter-based procedure, according to a study.

“It was comforting to see that the differences in cognitive decline between the two heart procedures are small, even though one involves major surgery and the other—cardiac catheterization—is a minimally invasive procedure,” said Elizabeth Whitlock, MD, from the University of California, San Francisco.

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