Cognitive impairment in heart failure: Issues of measurement and etiology

Barbara Riegel, Jill Bennett, Andra Davis, Beverly Carlson, John Montague, Howard Robin, Dale Glaser

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• BACKGROUND: Clinicians need easy methods of screening for cognitive impairment in patients with heart failure. If correlates of cognitive impairment could be identified, more patients with early cognitive impairment could be treated before the problem interfered with adherence to treatment. • OBJECTIVES: To describe cognitive impairment in patients with heart failure, to explore the usefulness of 4 measures of cognitive impairment, and to assess correlates of cognitive impairment. • METHODS: A descriptive, correlational design was used. Four screening measures of cognition were assessed in 42 patients with heart failure: Commands subtest and Complex Ideational Material subtest of the Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination, Mini-Mental State Examination, and Draw-a-Clock Test. Cognitive impairment was defined as performance less than the standardized (T-score) cutoff point on at least 1 of the 4 measures. Possible correlates of cognitive impairment included age, education, hypotension, fluid overload (serum osmolality

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)520-528
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Critical Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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  • Nursing(all)

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Riegel, B., Bennett, J., Davis, A., Carlson, B., Montague, J., Robin, H., & Glaser, D. (2002). Cognitive impairment in heart failure: Issues of measurement and etiology. American Journal of Critical Care, 11(6), 520-528.