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Walking ability before heart surgery tied to brain function afterward

TOKYO: Older adults who are faster on their feet may be less likely to suffer cognitive problems after heart surgery than patients who have difficulty walking, a Japanese study suggests. All 181 patients in the study were undergoing non-emergency heart surgery at Nagoya University Hospital. Before surgery, researchers measured how far each participant could walk in six minutes and did assessments of memory, concentration and attention. About two weeks after the surgery, they repeated the same battery of cognitive…