Preventing Cerebral Complications of Cardiac Surgery

  • Marc I. Chimowitz
  • Anthony J. Furlan


Considering the number of potential threats during heart surgery, the brain has proved to be remarkably resistant to serious injury. Nonetheless, stroke and encephalopathy remain major causes of morbidity following open heart surgery (OHS) (Table 18.1). This chapter focuses on the incidence, etiology, and prevention of these complications. The data presented largely apply to coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery since our knowledge of the cerebral complications of OHS is derived mostly from studies of this operation. However, in a study from our institution, the risk of stroke or encephalopathy during CABG surgery did not differ significantly from other forms of cardiac surgery not involving transplantation.1


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