Heart disease can have effects on cognitive function

A report was recently released that shows coronary heart disease may impact long-term cognitive function. While previous research studied the effect of strokes on brain function, this study followed stroke-free patients who had been diagnosed with a heart attack or angina (chest pain resulting from decreased flow of blood to the heart), for a median of 12 years.

Participants underwent cognitive tests both before and after suffering from heart disease, and the results showed that scores dropped faster after patients received a heart disease diagnosis than they went leading up to it. Dr. Robert Wozniak, the medical director of cardiology at St. David's North Austin Medical Center, joins us in the FOX 7 Austin studio to discuss these findings further.