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Elderly father had heart valve replacement surgery 6 wks. ago now a week ago became very agitated and confused, what is going on?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Variable: Many possibilities ranging from poor oxygenation, to metabolic diseases, to valve failure, etc. He should immediately be taken to his cardiologist or closest emergency department for evaluation.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Get checked: Stroke embolism chemical imbalance anemia several serious possibilities.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Not unusual: First, check post-op meds, especially narcotics, as anti-cholinergic effects in such meds can promote delirium in elderly pts. Also, he may have experienced some hypoxia, a stroke, or decompensation of pre-existing alzheimer's. Please discuss with the surgeon, your internist and all involved in the procedure.

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