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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I had two major Bilateral strokes during open heart surgery. I also found out that I have Grave disease.
Did this cue the stroke?
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.
Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati