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Cognitive decline after heart surgery is uncommon, review finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3877 (Published 21 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3877
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Cognitive impairment after cardiovascular surgery is uncommon in older people, a systematic evidence review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has concluded.1 However, the researchers said that the evidence was limited and that the individual study quality was low.

Debate surrounds the possible relation between cardiovascular interventions and subsequent cognitive outcomes in older patients. Some early studies reported a high prevalence of …

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