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Does heart surgery lead to serious cognitive decline?

There are many anecdotes about serious cognitive decline after heart surgery. However, two methods of treating heart disease—heart surgery and catheterization—deliver almost indistinguishable cognitive outcomes.

Average memory change after surgery is expected to be subtle, with minimal impact on independence and daily function.

People who need surgery to correct serious heart disease should not avoid the operation because they worry about long-term cognitive impact.

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