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Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survivors Need Cardiological and Neurological Rehabilitation

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survivors Need Cardiological and Neurological Rehabilitation

Most survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) suffer from cardiologic symptoms and approximately half of them experience cognitive problems because of hypoxic brain damage.

Symptoms of anxiety and depression are also common. This review aims to give an overview of recent literature on rehabilitation treatment aiming at improvement of quality of life after OHCA.

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest survivors should be routinely screened for cognitive and emotional problems. When patients with mild cognitive deficits participate in cardiac rehabilitation, their program should be adjusted to their cognitive abilities. For patients with severe cognitive or emotional problems, individualized rehabilitation seems favorable.

Integrated rehabilitation treatment between cardiac and cognitive rehabilitation departments is recommended. Attention should be paid to the burden of caregivers.

CriticalCare.news
August 12, 2019

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