Bypass Brain: Is this Bill Clinton’s problem? (Wall Street Journal)

Here’s a timely article that addresses some of the questions many of us have had regarding Bill Clinton’s behavior during Hillary’s campaign…

‘Bypass Brain’: How Surgery May Affect Mental Acuity

By MELINDA BECK
6/10/2008
Wall Street Journal

Aides to Bill Clinton last week vehemently denied speculation that the former president’s intemperate remarks on the campaign trail were due to mild cognitive damage from his quadruple-bypass surgery in 2004.

“This theory is false and is flatly rejected by President Clinton’s doctors, who say he is in excellent shape….” the statement said.

But the condition dubbed “pump head” or “bypass brain” has long been recognized by doctors, even if they seldom warn patients about it.

Symptoms include short-term memory loss, slowed responses, trouble concentrating and emotional instability. In a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2001, researchers at Duke University Medical Center tested 261 patients before and after bypass surgery and found that 53% of them had significant cognitive decline when they were discharged — and 42% still suffered from it five years later.

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