Older adults who undergo elective surgeries, such as hip or knee replacements, commonly experience “silent” strokes (strokes with no obvious symptoms) that double their risk of cognitive decline a year later, researchers have found.
In a study published in The Lancet on Thursday, an international team led by Canadian researchers found 7 per cent of patients, or one in 14, aged 65 or older had a silent stroke after elective, non-cardiac surgery. These silent strokes, also called covert strokes, can occur without patients noticing them but are detected in brain scans.
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Please note: Dr. Carl Brown, Dr. Manoj Raval, and Dr. Ahmer Kariumddin are mentioned within the study on the Lancet.