Cardiac disease and cognitive impairment: a systematic review

Laura H P Eggermont, Karin de Boer, Majon Muller, Artur C Jaschke, Otto Kamp, Erik J A Scherder

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Cognitive impairment in cardiac patients may interfere with disease management. This review describes studies examining specific cognitive impairments in cardiac patients and studies that investigate the link between echocardiographic and cognitive measures. Executive function impairments were frequently reported in different patient groups. Also, lower cardiac output and worse left ventricular diastolic function are linked to executive function deficits. In cardiac patients, special attention should be paid to these executive function impairments in view of their role in disease management and independent living. Interventions that stimulate executive function should be encouraged and integrated in cardiac treatment protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1334-1340
Number of pages7
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiac Output, Low
  • Cognition Disorders
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Echocardiography
  • Executive Function
  • Heart Diseases
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Journal Article
  • Review

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