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Is slowness of brain during bypass surgery dangerous?

Q: I am a 35 years old male. <>I had a heart attack last month and went for a bypass surgery. During the surgery, there was slowness of brain. Is it a dangerous situation?

A:Normal slowness of brain during any open heart surgery is not dangerous and is related to two factors - firstly, the anaesthesia and various other drugs that are given during the surgery and secondly, the lowering of the body temperature. However, if a person has any blockages in the arteries of the brain as a result of generalised atherosclerosis (deposition of cholesterol), then some times, this slowness of the brain can become a serious issue. The incidence of strokes, if that is what you are trying to find out, is 1-2% during open heart surgery.

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