Why see a neurologist after a heart condition?
Thanks to advancements in critical care during the last decade, cardiac arrest diagnosis and intervention occurs earlier. As a result, treatment is more successful today than ever before. Although survivorship has increased, many people remain debilitated due to varying degrees of neurocognitive and psychosocial problems.
- Two-thirds of cardiac arrest survivors suffer from cognitive deficits, particularly memory, planning, problem solving, and attention
- Two-thirds experience anxiety and depression
- One-third develop post-traumatic stress symptoms
- Nearly all complain of severe fatigue and low life satisfaction
- Only half of them ever return to work
A quarter of cardiac arrest survivors develop seizures and/or stroke during their hospitalization and need continual neurological care and monitoring of their medications up to one year after discharge.
The care-givers of these survivors experience similar psycho-social disturbances leading to an overall reduction in quality of life.
We believe that cardiac arrest survivor is truly a “Cardiac” and a “Brain-injured” survivor.
Early diagnosis and appropriate systematic interventions have resulted in better long-term outcomes including cardiovascular mortality, depression/anxiety rates, self-management & coping strategies, health & disease education, physical symptoms, faster return to work and overall quality of life.
As a response to this, we have created a comprehensive, dedicated NeuroCardiac Clinic to systematically follow and manage cardiac arrest survivors with complex issues. The goal is to promptly identify and address any neurocognitive/neurological complications and psycho-social problems that may occur to minimize disability in both the short- and long-term, and help re-integrate them into the community.
Additionally, research on recovery after brain injury due to cardiac reasons is still growing - our group, with your assistance, is very committed to learning and sharing novel treatment options including rehabilitative, pharmacological, or biofeedback methods.
For more information about the NeuroCardiac Comprehensive Care Clinic or to schedule an appointment, please call 212-305-4234.