Cognitive impairment and congestive heart failure
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Cognitive impairment and congestive heart failure

Joanne Lackey Sister, Coronary Care Unit, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool

Background The course of heart failure can be unpredictable and uncontrolled symptoms are the main problem. This review analyses the current literature surrounding cognitive impairment and heart failure with special emphasis on self-management and quality of life. It attempts to explain the extent to which compliance and self-management contribute to acute hospitalisation, and to what extent the patient’s mental capability influences compliance with treatment.

Conclusion The literature identifies a link between congestive heart failure and cognitive impairment.

Correspondence joanne.lackey@aht.nwest.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 18, 44,33-36. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.07.18.44.33.c3645

Published in print: 14 July 2004

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review