Cardiac Surgery

The Most Common Serious Infection Following Heart Surgery is Pneumonia

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  Contrary to the expectations of most of the surgeons, it has been found that pneumonia is the most common serious side effect following heart surgery. The new research, presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011, states that deep infection at the site of the surgical incision is not the commonest reason behind infection after heart surgery.   According to Dr. Michael A. Acker, the chief of cardiovascular surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical...

Cognitive Functions may Show a Decline Following a Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Researchers have found that patients undergoing invasive cardiac surgeries like coronary catheterization or a coronary artery bypass are more likely to suffer from decline in their cognitive functions following the procedure. The functions to be affected were both verbal and non verbal memories.    The study which has been published in the October issue of the American Heart Journal was led by Dr. Tibo Gerriets from Justus Liebig University. It involved 37 patients who underwent coronary...

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