Table of Contents

Molecular and biochemical basis of brain injury following heart surgery: interventions for the future.
Cardiopulmonary bypass circuit and the brain.
Neurological and cognitive sequelae of cardiac surgery.
Neurocognitive decline following cardiac surgery: incidence, risk factors, prevention, and outcomes.
Neuropathology of brain injury in cardiac surgery.
Biochemical markers of brain injury.
Pitfalls of neuropsychometric assessment and alternative investigative approaches.
Imaging of the brain in cardiac surgery as a tool in brain protection studies.
Current techniques of emboli detection and their utility in brain protection studies.
Intraoperative brain monitoring in cardiac surgery.
Near-infrared spectroscopy monitoring in cardiac surgery: theory, practice, and utility.
The design and methodology of clinical studies on neuroprotection in cardiac surgery.
Temperature and brain protection in cardiac surgery.
Studies of nonpharmacological interventions to reduce brain injury.
Pharmacological studies to reduce brain injury in cardiac surgery.
Off-pump and on-pump coronary artery surgery and the brain.
Experimental basis and clinical studies of brain protection in pediatric heart surgery.
Experimental basis and clinical studies of brain protection in aortic arch surgery.
The future of brain protection in cardiac surgery. This book is part of the "Monographs in Cardiac Surgery Series"--Introducing 'basic science into the cardiac operating room'. It offers fast systematic review of small areas of cardiac surgery including up-to-date information. This will allow more rapid publication than the alternative cardiac surgery 'tomes'. This entry into the series will provide readers with a complete review of the current understanding in brain injury and the methods used to avoid or limit its effects on patient morbidity and mortality.