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Changes in Cognition, Depression and Quality of Life after Carotid Stenosis Treatment

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Elina Pucite*, Ildze Krievina, Evija Miglane, Renars Erts, Dainis Krievins and Andrejs Millers   Pages 1 - 15 ( 15 )

Abstract:


Background: Although several studies have evaluated the change of cognitive performance after severe carotid artery stenosis, the results still remain elusive. The objective of this study was to assess changes in cognitive function, depressive symptoms and health related quality of life (HRQoL) after carotid stenosis revascularisation and best medical treatment (BMT).

Methods: Study involved 213 patients with ≥70% carotid stenosis who underwent assessment of cognitive function using Montreal Cognitive Assessment scale (MoCA), depressive symptoms - using Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) and HRQoL - using Medical Outcome Survey Short Form version 2 (SF-36v2). The assessment was performed before and at 6 and 12 months followup periods in patients who had carotid endarterectomy (CEA), carotid artery stenting (CAS) or received BMT only.

Results: Improvement in the total MoCA scores was observed after 6 and 12 months (p<0.001, Kendall's W=0.28) in the CEA group. In the CAS group - after 12 months (p=0.01, Kendall's W=0.261) whereas in the BMT group - no significant changes (p=0.295, Kendall's W=0.081) were observed. Reduction of depressive symptoms was not found in any of the study groups. Comparing mean SF-36v2 scores in the CEA group, there was no significant difference in any of 10 subscales. Likewise in the CAS group - no significant difference in 9 of 10 subscales (p=0.028, η2=0.343) was observed. Three subscales worsened in the BMT group during the 1-year follow-up period.

Conclusion: Patients with severe carotid stenosis who underwent revascularisation enhanced their cognitive performance without exerting significant change of depressive symptoms. Preoperative HRQoL may be maintained for at least one year in the CEA group.

Keywords:

Cognition, depression, quality of life, carotid stenosis, endarterectomy, stenting, and medical treatment.

Affiliation:

Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, Department of Neurology, Riga, Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, Department of Neurology, Riga, Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, Department of Neurology, Riga, University of Latvia, Faculty of Medicine, Riga, University of Latvia, Faculty of Medicine, Riga, Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, Department of Neurology, Riga



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