Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Valerie Pauli

Second Advisor

Michael Williams

Third Advisor

Ann R Eisenberg


A scoping review was conducted to explore the relationship between the cardiovascular system and neurological system to determine if there is a connection between certain mental illnesses and heart health. This study was guided through implementation of Arksey and O’Malley’s (2005) framework for scoping reviews. A literature search was conducted using PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar databases. Of the 934,251 sources found, only 21 studies met the study criteria and were ultimately selected for this study. Upon review, three themes were identified: (a) anxiety and cardiovascular disease; (b) schizophrenia and cardiovascular disease; and (c) depression and cardiovascular disease. The scoping review highlighted a relationship between the neurological and cardiovascular systems and identified that there is a correlation between the two systems with possible negative effects on overall heart health.

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Nursing Commons