J Cardiovasc Nurs 2020 Jun 22. Epub 2020 Jun 22.
Kenneth M. Faulkner, PhD, RN, ANP Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Boston College Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; and Clinical Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University School of Nursing, New York. Christopher V. Chien, MD, FACC Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Quin E. Denfeld, PhD, RN Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, Portland. Jill M. Gelow, MD, MPH Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist, Providence Health Institute, Portland, Oregon. Karen S. Lyons, PhD, FGSA Associate Professor, Boston College Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Kathleen L. Grady, PhD, MS, RN, FAHA, FHFSA, FAAN Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiac Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. James O. Mudd, MD Advanced Heart Disease and Transplant Cardiologist, Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Spokane, Washington. Christopher S. Lee, PhD, FAHA, FHFSA, FAAN Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Boston College Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Background: Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are a common treatment of advanced heart failure, but cognitive dysfunction, which is common in heart failure, could limit the ability to perform postimplantation LVAD care. Implantation of an LVAD has been associated with improved cerebral perfusion and may improve cognitive function post implantation.
Objective: The aim of this study was to quantify longitudinal change in cognitive function after LVAD implantation. Read More