Background. This survey article reviews research and academic writings analyzing cognitive features of patients with cardiovascular diseases.
Objective. To review the academic literature on the feasibility of psychological rehabilitation of cardiovascular patients by correcting cognitive impairment.
Method. Analysis and compilation of academic writings by Russian and foreign researchers.
Results. The cognitive dimension of coronary heart disease (CHD) patients has a number of features linked to the effect of their disease, and to their cognitive and psychological status. The article presents diagnostic techniques used to assess the patient’s cognitive state. The experimental data demonstrates the effectiveness of cognitive training with cardiovascular patients. The article also describes recommendations for cognitive rehabilitation of coronary heart disease patients, for choosing the right “target” of remedial psychological intervention, and for assessment of the recovery process.
Conclusion. Rehabilitation programs are promising for patients with coronary heart disease and other somatic diseases.
Keywords: psychological rehabilitation, cognition, remedial psychological training, cardiovascular disease, psychological-pedagogical process, neuropsychology