Long-term complications after heart surgery, which can affect memory and thinking, appear to be linked to particular genes.
It is estimated that up to half of patients experience a decrease in cognitive function after heart surgery. As it stands, neurologic injury is one of the most common adverse side effects. Conditions like long-term memory loss, difficulty understanding verbal or written communication or impaired ability to pay attention may still occur five years after heart surgery. New research indicates that this is linked to patients who carry a particular gene.
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