Cognitive impairment predicts worse outcome in heart failure

27 May 2015

New research has suggested that cognitive impairment could predict a more negative outcome in heart failure in elderly patients. 

Presented at Heart Failure 2015, the research found that patients with cognitive impairment had a 7.5 times greater risk of call cause death and heart failure readmission.
It also found that heart failure patients who had cognitive impairment may get progressively worse at adhering to medications, which would lead to a poorer prognosis.

Delivered by Hiroshi Saito, a physiotherapist at Kameda Medical Centre in Kamogawa, the research shows that cognitive impairment is common in patients with chronic heart failure.

However, Mr Saito added that the impact of cognitive impairment on the prognosis of heart failure patients is not known. The study looked at whether this could independently predict the outcome of elderly people with heart failure.

The retrospective study analysed 136 patients aged 65 years or over with heart failure who were admitted to Kameda Medical Centre. Patients were divided into two groups: those with cognitive disorder and those without.

It found that the prognosis of patients in the cognitive impairment group was significantly worse than the non-cognitive impairment group. 

Posted by Phillip Briggs

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