Predicting Cognitive Recovery After Cardiac Surgery

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Duke University researchers have found that several factors appear to significantly predict cognitive recovery following cardiac surgery. These included:

More patient education.
Baseline cognitive index.
Less CI decline at 6 weeks.
More activities of daily living (ADLs) at 6 weeks.

The research team suggests that the link between cognitive recovery and ADLs be explored further because it was a potentially modifiable predictor.

Abstract: Anesthesia & Analgesia, February 2013.

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