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Cognitive impairment ‘linked with worse outcomes in heart failure’

26th May 2015

A new Japanese study of elderly heart failure patients has highlighted cognitive impairment as a predictor of worse outcomes.

The study retrospectively assessed 136 patients aged 65 years or over with heart failure who were admitted to Kameda Medical Centre, finding that patients with cognitive impairment had a 7.5 times greater risk of all-cause death and heart failure readmission.

Cognitive impairment was shown to be common in this patient group, occurring in three-quarters of all cases, with the link to poorer outcomes theorised to be linked to the fact these patients get progressively worse at adhering to medication.

Study leader Hiroshi Saito, a physiotherapist at Kameda Medical Centre, said: "Clinicians need to be more aware of the cognitive status of their heart failure patients and families can play an important role in ensuring that patients take their medication, get some exercise and eat well."

Heart failure affects about 900,000 people in the UK, with more than half of these being over the age of 75. Both this condition and cognitive impairment are likely to become more prevalent in the coming years due to the ageing population.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801788688-ADNFCR

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