Abstract

The effect of depression and anxiety upon neuropsychological test scores of candidates for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery was examined. Sixty patients were administered the Beck Depression Inventory II and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, along with a battery of neuropsychological tests. Regression analyses were conducted in which the neuropsychological test scores were predicted using age, education, depression, anxiety, and combined depression-anxiety scores. While age and education were significant predictors of several neuropsychological test measures, no significant regression analysis results were obtained for the depression, anxiety and combined depression-anxiety scores. Similarities and discrepancies between this research and previous studies are discussed. It appears that low levels of preoperative depression and anxiety states do not affect neuropsychological functioning among CABG candidates.