Neuropsychology and Cardiovascular Disease

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-09
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Roughly one of every three Americans has some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including more than 70% of persons older than 75 years of age. Long associated with increased risk for mortality and disability, CVD is also a major risk factor for stroke and cerebrovascular disease. There has been growing consensus that CVD is also an important contributor to poor neurocognitive outcome in own right. Numerous studies now link CVD to accelerated cognitive decline, structural and functional brain abnormalities, including neurodegnerative conditions in the elderly. While vascular dementia is the most obvious example of severe brain dysfunction directly tied to chronic vascular disease, evidence is also mounting that Alzheimer's disease may be linked to some of the same pathophysiological mechanisms that underlie cardiovascular disease. This book was written to provide up-to-date insight into these heart-brain connections and the neuropsychology of CVD. Highlights include: Controversies in vascular dementia and vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) Effects of aging on cerebral hemodynamics and autoregulation How blood vessel function contributes to cognitive decline Updates on the cognitive impact of cardiosurgical procedures Neurocognitive aspects of heart failure Neuropsychological evaluation of persons with CVD Mechanisms by which neurological changes produce cardiac dysfunction Recent findings in the structural and functional neuroimaging in CVD Both clinicians and researchers in neuropsychology, health psychology, cardiology, neurology, psychiatry, geriatrics and many others will find this book an important resource.

Author Biography

Ronald A. Cohen is a Professor of Neuropsychology at Brown University School of Medicine
John Gunstad, Ph.D. obtained his Ph.D. from Ohio University and completed both internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Brown Medical School. He currently teaches and conducts research at Kent State University and Summa Health System. Dr. Gunstad has a history of publication and NIH funding to examine neurocognitive outcomes in persons with cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Contributor list
Introduction and Overview
Neuropsychology of Heart Disease: Levels of Analysis
Epidemiological Factors in the Neuropsychology of Cardiovascular Disease
Vascular dementia: a clinical conundrum
Overview of Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathology
Cardiac rehabilitation for elderly cardiac patients
Depression and Heart Disease: Current Treatment Recommendations and Future Directions in Mechanism Research
Neuropsychological Effects of CVD
Clinical considerations in the neuropsychological assessment of patients with cardiovascular disease
Blood Pressure and Cognitive function
Neuropsychological Sequelae of Metabolic Syndrome
Neurological Sequelae and Cognitive Outcomes Following Cardiosurgical Intervention
Heart Failure and Cognitive function
Systemic and cerebrovascular mechanisms underlying VCI
Cardioembolic Stroke
Cardiac Output and Ejection Fraction: Impact on Brain Structure and function
Systemic Vascular Function and Cognitive function
Cerebrovascular hemodynamics and cerebral autoregulation in the aging brain
Measurement of Arterial Function and Reactivity
Autonomic Nervous System Function in Persons with Neurological Conditions
Structural and Metabolic Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Vascular Risk Factors
Functional Neuroimaging In Cardiovascular Disease
The Dysexecutive Syndrome Associated with Subcortical White Matter Disease & Related White Matter Pathology
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