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


Background: Scoping reviews are still in the infancy stages of growth yet are rapidly gaining popularity in the research community. A scoping review was conducted to analyze the relationship between the cardiovascular system and neurological system to determine if there is a connection between certain mental disorders and heart health.

Methods: This study was guided through implementation of Arksey and O’Malley’s five stages of a scoping review: 1) identifying and stating the research question presented; 2) identifying and quantifying relevant studies to the hypothesis through a literature review or search; 3) selecting proper studies to be employed in favor of said hypothesis; 4) categorizing and charting data selected; and 5) reporting and summarizing results within the scope of practice for the study. Usage of electronic databases PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar with keywords “cardiology” AND “neurology” AND “generalized anxiety disorder” AND “relationship” AND “mental health” OR “depression” OR “schizophrenia” OR “chronic heart disease” OR “myocardial infarction” OR “atrial fibrillation” OR “premature ventricular contractions” were implemented.



Keywords: cardiology, neurology, generalized anxiety disorder, relationship, mental health, depression, schizophrenia, chronic heart disease, myocardial infarction, atrial fibrillation, premature ventricular contractions

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Nursing Commons