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Are there common long-term psychological side-effects to having open-heart surgery ?

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Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Psychological effect

Depression and anxiety are two common psychological effects associated with heart surgery.
You should discuss any psychological symptoms and seek a mental health evaluation in consultation with your PCP.

In brief: Psychological effect

Depression and anxiety are two common psychological effects associated with heart surgery.
You should discuss any psychological symptoms and seek a mental health evaluation in consultation with your PCP.
Dr. Jerry Smith
Dr. Jerry Smith
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Dr. Marcie Berman
These are common short term effects. They don't need to be long term if you pay attention and get help if persistent
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: In a few cases

This is a topic of continued discussion and the answer is too long for such limited space.
In a nutshell, there have been situations described where patients have had "subtle neurocognitive changes" that are detected on "neurocognitive testing". Many close to the patient may not notice. Others may report subtle mood changes. Keep in mind, the word subtle.

In brief: In a few cases

This is a topic of continued discussion and the answer is too long for such limited space.
In a nutshell, there have been situations described where patients have had "subtle neurocognitive changes" that are detected on "neurocognitive testing". Many close to the patient may not notice. Others may report subtle mood changes. Keep in mind, the word subtle.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Open Heart surgery

The odds are slim but in some cases cognitive deficits may occur as a result of being under anesthesia for an extended period.
This occurs less now as most cardiac surgeries are accomplished more swiftly.

In brief: Open Heart surgery

The odds are slim but in some cases cognitive deficits may occur as a result of being under anesthesia for an extended period.
This occurs less now as most cardiac surgeries are accomplished more swiftly.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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