Full study title: Investigating the Brain-Heart Connection-short version
What is the study about?
The goal of the study is to examine the relationship between heart rhythms and memory or mood symptoms in older adults. Previous studies have shown that higher heart rate variability (HRV), or variation and timing of each heartbeat, is associated with greater heart and emotional health. The research question being asked is if HRV can also be used as a marker of cognitive health in older adults.
Eligibility- Who can participate?
- Be 60 years of age or older
- Have a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, and/or a history of depression, or be a healthy volunteer
- Be fluent in English
A single 1-2 hour visit to Baycrest that involves assessment of mood and cognition, and of heart rate using an Apple Watch.
TDRA study investigator
Drs. Linda Mah, Jean Chen, Sandra Gardner, Susan Vandermorris, Benoit Mulsant, Tarek Rajji, Alastair Flint, Corrine Fischer, Nathan Herrmann, Krista Lanctôt, Nicolaas Paul Verhoeff
Healthy volunteer, Healthy volunteer with a past history of depression that was treated, Mild cognitive impairment, Mild cognitive impairment with a past history of depression that was treated, Subjective cognitive decline