Published in Surgery Litigation and Law Weekly, September 15th, 2006
Study 1: Diffusion-weighted imaging reveals new cerebral infarctions in nearly 40% of patients after aortic valve replacement.
"The reported frequency of stroke after coronary artery bypass grafting varies between 1.5 and 6%, approaches 10% after aortic valve replacement, and may occur in between 40 to 70% in high-risk groups. Clinically silent infarction may be far more frequent and could contribute to long-term cognitive dysfunction in patients after cardiac procedures," investigators in the United States report.
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