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Understanding the heart-brain link

Overstreet, Winsome MSN, RN; Frederick, Murielle MBA, BSN, RN, CCRN

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000423823.70370.34

Cardiac abnormalities can precipitate neurologic events in patients admitted to the neuroscience ICU. But neurologic injury hasn't always been recognized as a risk factor for cardiac dysrhythmias. This article explores the link between cardiac dysrhythmias and various neurologic disorders and injuries including trauma, ischemic stroke, and intracranial hemorrhage.

At Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, Winsome Overstreet is a staff nurse in the neuroscience ICU, and Murielle Frederick is charge nurse of the neuroscience ICU. The authors would like to acknowledge Dr. Aaron Lord for his assistance with this article.

Find out how neurologic injuries are associated with cardiac dysrhythmias, and how to intervene.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.