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I need you to clarify a few things for me. I want to make sure you are talking about cardiac or heart by pass surgery and not stomache. Also did he have a heart attack before the surgery? Was it an emergency surgery or scheduled? How long has it been since he had the surgery?
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Thanks for the additional information.
Here are a few of the reasons that memory loss, changes in behavior and confusion can occur in a case like your father's:
- Lack of oxygen such as during a heart attack.
- Sodium/Potassium imbalance as the body sustained a major surgery. It may take several weeks to restore normal balance due to fluid shifting and healing.
- New medications to help control blood pressure.
- Just simply having heart surgery can have a psychological impact on him. This is a known fact that they will experience more depression and anxiety because it is your heart that was not working properly and usually a close call to death.
I have worked with lots of patients after open heart surgery and this is not terribly uncommon. Most of the time it will resolve after 4-6 weeks. So he still has a lot of healing time yet. Keep encouraged about this. It is very hard to go thru as a patient and as the family.