Canadian Journal of Cardiology

The role of neuropsychology in adult cardiology

Published:November 09, 2022DOI:
      The neuropsychologist is specialized in brain-behavior interactions and assesses mental functions, while considering health and psychological factors. Cardiovascular diseases are associated with lower cognitive performances, as well as increased dementia risks. Although heart-brain interactions are increasingly recognized, the neuropsychologist’s role and contribution in cardiology remains to be defined. The neuropsychologist can determine whether a patient has objective cognitive impairment and advise the medical team accordingly. With the aging population and the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular diseases with aging, neuropsychologists can play a pivotal role in empowering patients, supporting cardiology teams, and preventing cognitive decline and dementia.

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