U-CARE seminar series: Myocardial Infarction and Mild Cognitive Impairment

Thea Liljeroos will present a study on patients who have had a myocardial infarction while simultaneously suffer from a mild cognitive impairment. What are their challenges?
After the presentation, Professor Louise von Essen and PhD candicate Chelsea Coumoundouros will discuss the study together with Thea Liljeroos and all other participants.
Contact Miro Anter for a Zoom link.

A myocardial infarction (MI) may introduce new demands in the form of lifestyle changes and adherence to medical regimens, demands that may be particularly challenging for patients suffering from simultaneous cognitive impairments. In this study we aimed to explore the self-perceived cognitive status and cognitive challenges associated with cardiac rehabilitation among older MI patients (≥65 years).

Nine MI patients were interviewed, by telephone or in person, between six and 12 weeks post MI.

The findings suggest that elderly MI patients are situated in a changing and complex life context, in which the MI experience is marginalised, and cognitive decline normalized. Individually tailored interventions and improved healthcare provider continuity and accessibility could make cognitive challenges, such as patient-caregiver communication and treatment adherence, easier to overcome.

U-CARE seminar series: Myocardial Infarction and Mild Cognitive Impairment