Congestive heart failure and cognitive impairment in an older population

Francesco Cacciatore, Pasquale Abete, Nicola Ferrara, Claudio Calabrese, Claudio Napoli, Stefania Maggi, Michele Varricchio, Franco Rengo

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OBJECTIVE: Congestive heart failure (CHF) is potentially preventable, and the identification of modifiable risk factors for cognitive impairment (CI) for older persons is a very important issue. We examined the cross- sectional relationship between CHF and CI in an older population. DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1339 subjects aged 65 and older were selected from the electoral rolls of Campania, a region of southern Italy. MEASUREMENTS: Sociodemographic characteristics were recorded, as was the presence of cardiovascular diseases, including CHF classified according to the New York Heart Association (NYHA) guidelines for disease severity; CI evaluated by means of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), with a score of

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1343-1348
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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