19. Neurologic Complications of Cardiac Surgery

  1. Edward M. Manno MD, FCCM, FAAN, FAHA
  1. Cathy Sila MD1,2

Published Online: 11 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118297162.ch19

Emergency Management in Neurocritical Care

Emergency Management in Neurocritical Care

How to Cite

Sila, C. (2012) Neurologic Complications of Cardiac Surgery, in Emergency Management in Neurocritical Care (ed E. M. Manno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118297162.ch19

Editor Information

  1. Neurological Intensive Care Unit Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine and Stroke, USA

  2. 2

    Cerebrovascular Center, Neurological Institute University Hospitals–Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAY 2012

Book Series:

  1. Neurology in Practice

Book Series Editors:

  1. Robert A. Gross and
  2. Jonathan W. Mink

Series Editor Information

  1. Department of Neurology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654736

Online ISBN: 9781118297162



  • Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB);
  • carotid artery stenosis;
  • cerebral embolism;
  • circulatory arrest;
  • coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG);
  • encephalopathy;
  • ischemic stroke;
  • neurocognitive deficits;
  • transcranial Doppler (TCD)


Neurologic complications of cardiac surgery and interventional procedures for cardiac disease are important determinants of patient outcome. Ischemic stroke following cardiac surgery increases mortality by 3- to 5-fold, increases critical care days and hospital length of stay, and increases the likelihood of discharge to a care facility. For some patients, treatment options are limited to an accurate diagnosis and supportive care, but for other select patients with acute ischemic stroke, urgent evaluation and endovascular revascularization strategies can significantly improve outcomes.