UA Researchers Look at Mental Impairment After Heart Surgery

UA Researchers Look at Mental Impairment After Heart Surgery

Doctors are beginning to understand a connection between heart surgery and mental impairment some patients experience upon leaving the operating room.

During recovery, some heart bypass patients say they're unable to concentrate on tasks, others report a rash of poor decision-making and some complain of general mental fatigue.

Two University of Arizona researchers are looking at the issue from two directions: coronary medicine and neurology.

Lee Ryan, a UA psychology professor, is working with physicians at the university’s Sarver Heart Center to see how administering the chemical compound angiotensin 1-7 before and after coronary bypass surgery can ease or eliminate the problems patients experience.

“We do know that there is a significant number of people for whom the cognitive problems continue,” said Ryan. “And they do begin to recognize themselves that things are a little more difficult than they were before.”

Read the full article here: https://news.azpm.org/p/news-topical-health/2017/10/12/118206-ua-researchers-look-at-mental-impairment-after-heart-surgery/

Published Date: 
10/12/2017 - 16:24