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Heart failure is associated with loss of brain cells and a decline in mental processes

1 February 2012

Australian researchers have found evidence that heart failure is associated with a decline in people's mental processes and a loss of grey matter in the brain. These changes can make it more difficult for heart failure (HF) patients to remember and carry out instructions such as taking the correct medication at the right times. The authors of the study, which is published online today in the European Heart Journal, say "our results are consistent with the observation that people with heart failure have trouble adhering to complex self-care advice, and suggest that simpler approaches to self management may be required."

Read the research paper: Cognitive and brain changes associated with ischaemic heart disease and heart failure

Read the press release here

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