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Stroke

Bilateral strokes

10/17/2007

Question:

I had two major Bilateral strokes during open heart surgery. I also found out that I have Grave disease.

Did this cue the stroke?

Answer:

There has been some connection drawn between thyroid disease and stroke, especially hyperthyroidism (like Graves Disease). However, open heart surgery has a known risk for stroke that typically ranges between 2-4% due to the use of cardiopulmonary bypass. It is possible that the Graves Disease contributed, but hard to say that hyperthyroidism was the sole cause rather than the surgery.

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Response by:

Brett   Kissela, MD Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati