July 28, 2020 Why should I discuss a neurological event like stroke with my cardiologist?
Twenty percent of the blood pumping through your heart travels to the brain. When you have a heart procedure, what happens in the heart can impact the brain. There is a direct connection between your heart and your brain through the body’s vascular system. During a heart procedure, pieces of calcium, blood clots, parts of vessel walls or other intraluminal matter may break off from your heart chambers, valve, and/or blood vessels. There is potential that this debris may travel in your blood stream up to your brain and cause damage, which is referred to as a brain lesion.