Stroke risk persists after heart surgery

The risk of stroke for patients who have cardiac surgery lasts beyond the early post-operation period for the following two years, a new study has shown.

The research used data of 100,000 patients who had cardiac surgery in Canada between 1996 and 2006 to analyse the incidence of stroke and death.

They found that 1.8% of the patients had a stroke postoperatively, and 3.6% within two years of operation.

The researchers wrote the results suggested patients of cardiac surgery should be the focus of preventive strategies.

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