Spotlight on Cardiac surgery: neurologic complications

The number of persons undergoing cardiac procedures continues to increase. In fact, coronary artery bypass grafting is the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States. Cardiac procedures are being performed on an increasingly aged population, often with significant comorbidities. Thus, it is important to review not only the proper diagnosis of neurologic events but also the strategies that are used to reduce the occurrence of these events.

In this clinical summary, a comprehensive review of central and peripheral nervous system complications of cardiac procedures is undertaken by Dr. Sara Hocker of the Mayo Clinic and Dr. José Biller of the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago. This review addresses the neurologic complications of cardiac procedures, including coronary artery bypass grafting, aortic surgery, heart valve replacement, cardiac transplantation, cardiac catheterization, percutaneous coronary interventions, electrophysiological studies, surgery for congenital heart disease, and issues pertaining to pregnancy

To view the complete clinical summary, click here.

MedLink Neurology authors are always at work to bring you broad and up-to-date coverage of neurology topics. We are pleased to highlight clinical summaries that have been recently added or updated and to introduce the authors who write these authoritative articles. We hope you enjoy these overviews and appreciate the contributions of our more than 450 authors who keep MedLink Neurology the premier information resource for neurologists.