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
3-4 visits to Baycrest over 1-2 weeks. Each visit will take approximately 1-2 hours each. The visits include a baseline/ screening assessment, mood and cognitive assessments, and the heart rate assessment and breathing task.
TDRA study investigator
Dr. Linda Mah