Confusion after bypass

My husband had bypass surgery 4 weeks ago and he still has confusion. Is this normal? Has anyone else experienced this? If so how long did it last? In March he went into cardiac arrest and spent one month in rehab.
I am so happy I found this site, it provides so much information as to what other people are experiencing and progress people are making. Thank you in advance.

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Amskim,
Confusion after bypass appears to be very common. I had it and have heard other people experienced the same thing. I had a hard time verbalizing things and I used to love to write, but after bypass I could not get a clear thought down on paper. This is much better now, I am a year and a half from surgery. Sometimes certain things just get me though - spelling certain words or transposing letters (which I did not have a problem with before) now are difficult for me at times, more so when I am really tired. This does get better, but it was normal for me.
I am glad you husband is doing better. Hang in there.
Love and LIght to you and your husband.
Deb :)
www.survivingheartsurgery.com

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Amskim - Welcome to the site! I had some minor bouts of both confusion and memory loss after my CABG a year ago. My reaserch on the net led me to believe there was a direct relationship of memory loss / confusion after CABG connected to the amount of hours the patient was in Bypass. If I remember correctly every hour spent on Bypass equates to about a month of recovery time for these symtpoms. So, after reading my medical records, I was under Bypass for 71/2 hours. and it was going to roughly take 7 months to completly recover mentally.

After reading the research, I did do some things to help bring back my mental capacity. During my rehab time I played Scrabble on the computer, did some Sudoku, and put together some puzzles. From my reading I understand each of these activates the brain in different areas.

I'd say that estimate was a little off, not much though. When I first returned to work I had to write everything down to ensure I remembered it and to ensure I remembered it in the right order. Now, I'm pretty much back to my old self mentally.

I hope this helps!

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Hello I have been having situations with just going blank and searching for the proper words while having a conversation. My surgery was off pump! it is not supposed to have as much affect as on the bypass machine.
I am noticing it and it is starting to get annoying!!! I think it probably go away with time. Good luck to you and your hubby.

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Gwynislgrl, (sorry to drift....) noticed you did off pump - me too. Just curious, how many blockages did (do) you have and how many bypasses did they do? I had 2 complete blockages and I think 3 others @ 60, 70 80 % (or so) and got only 1 Lima to fully blocked LAD - other full blocked artery (extra one anyway...) was too small to bypass (they felt). I feel great though (I guess....)!

Amskin, it is unfortunate you have a need to be here - but I think you will find this a great site for general information - and a place to 'feel comfortable' talking to others in similar situations. I don't think I had/have 'more than normal' memory loss for a 55 year old, but mine also was off pump, if, in fact, that matters......

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Thank you for all your comments.
Deb - I am keeping the faith, just worry all the time. Art used to read three books at a time. After this he hasn't picked up a book at all. I am hoping that will come back also.
Chris-Michael - 7 1/2 hours is a really long time. I thought Art's operation was long with 5 1/2. Thank you for the information, I am keeping my fingers crossed. I see small improvements. I have suggested word find and crosswords but he is resistant. Hoping that changes soon.
Gwynislgrl - I notice that Art forgets the name of things once in awhile. You can tell he is searching for the right word.
It is interesting that he has full recall of songs. When he was in the hospital recovering from the deep freeze from the cardiac arrest the first thing he did was sign to the James Taylor song that was playing on the ipod. He couldn't feed himself but he was singing.
Thank you again

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Hello UAE I had arm tingling with some shooting pain. Then my jaw started to ache intermittenly and then after waiting a week to see if it would go away I knew something wasn't right! I decided to go to ER. Luckily there was a cardologists standing outside my curtain he came right in and said i am admitting you and cath in the morning!
I woke up in the middle of the cath and the doc said " damn she is going to need a bypass! My Left coranary Artery was 100% blocked. They call it the widowmaker!! I started to cry and they gave me more meds to keep me calm until surgery the tues after Memorial day! I was so drugged I did not realize until later It was a cabg X2 with leg vein harvested. Then the Lima graft. I still have three "wicked" blockages. I passed a stress tests and doc said leave them alone for now! I am having blood pressure ups and downs and passed out three weeks after surgery.
My blood pressure is orthostatic and drops 20-30 points going from sitting to standing. Will be seeing a specialist in sept. Even 10 wks out I feel bad alot of the time! How are you after a year?

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James Taylor "You've got a friend"
I didn't forget, there are a lot of things I won't forget about that time. Some I wish I could.
But faith and patience are what I practice everyday.

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Hi, oh yes had confusion and memory loss after surgery, which they say is quite normal. I am 3 mths post 5grafs and almost back to normal. I know everyone is different, but best of luck, wishes and prayers to you. By the way i was on the table for a little over 8 hours.

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Amskim, WELCOME my friend. I had bypass 10 weeks ago and actually have started noticing it more in the last couple of weeks than immediately after surgery. I have trouble typing sometimes and my thoughts are kinda jumbled I notice. I have really found this site to be a blessing. Even though everyone I know is tired of me talking about this, I'm not done yet. I still want to be able to discuss these things and learn more about others recovery and maybe somewhere along the way, help someone else. I've said it before on here, I'm just now realizing, I'm not sure what the Normal is anymore. Glad you found this site.
Peace to you.

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Amskin Im right there with you Constantly confused and Ill be in a middle of a sentence and forget what I was talking about but I here this is normal. So dont let it get to you. hope your feeling good Kathay

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Well, it has been 8 months since my CABG and I am still experiencing some confusion. I have and am experiencing all of the above. It really is frustrating more than anything. I sure hope with more time it will improve. I also notice that I get much more irritable about things then I used to before surgery. I write myself alot of notes!!! Maria

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