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Cognitive Deficits May Hinder Self Care in Patients with Heart Failure

Cog­ni­tive Deficits May Hin­der HF Self Care (Med­Page):
— “Mild cog­ni­tive dys­func­tion may pre­vent patients with heart fail­ure from respond­ing appro­pri­ate­ly to wors­en­ing symp­toms, researchers found.”

- “Among those (patients) with mild cog­ni­tive dys­func­tion, how­ev­er, a greater bur­den of symp­toms was asso­ci­at­ed with worse self care, she report­ed at the Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion of Heart Fail­ure Nurs­es meet­ing here.”

- “…some degree of cog­ni­tive dys­func­tion may be present in 25% to 74% of patients with heart fail­ure, which might influ­ence the abil­i­ty of patients to reli­ably take their med­ica­tions, weigh them­selves dai­ly, and rec­og­nize and respond to symp­toms at home.”

Relat­ed Arti­cleShould Hos­pi­tals Mon­i­tor, and Work to Main­tain, Patients’ Cog­ni­tive Func­tion?

Building a Cognitive Reserve May Help Delay Multiple Sclerosis symptoms

Intel­lec­tu­al Enrich­ment Helped Pre­serve Mem­o­ry and Learn­ing in Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis Patients, Study Says (Web­MD)

  • f-300x225A small study of mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis (MS) patients shows that main­tain­ing an intel­lec­tu­al­ly active lifestyle can help pre­serve learn­ing and mem­o­ry, even among patients with a high degree of brain dam­age.”
  • Although there’s no indi­ca­tion that being men­tal­ly engaged pro­tects against brain dam­age itself, the find­ings do sug­gest that an active mind may be bet­ter equipped to retain its func­tions even in the event of brain dam­age.”
  • The find­ings sug­gest that enrich­ing activ­i­ties may build a person’s ‘cog­ni­tive reserve,’ which can be thought of as a buffer against dis­ease-relat­ed mem­o­ry impair­ment,” says study author James Sumows­ki, PhD. “Dif­fer­ences in cog­ni­tive reserve among per­sons with MS may explain why some per­sons suf­fer mem­o­ry prob­lems ear­ly in the dis­ease, while oth­ers do not devel­op mem­o­ry prob­lems until much lat­er, if at all.”

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