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Reviewers' Choice

Selected poster, moderated poster and oral abstract presenters at EuroHeartCare 2013 in Glasgow

Oral Abstract: Effects of medical yoga in quality of life, blood pressure and heart rate in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

Author: M Nilsson
Final Programme (FP) P33
Room: Alsh Room
Time: 15:50, Friday 22 March

Patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation have an increased risk of stroke and poorer quality of life according to cardiovascular literature. Yoga has, according to literature, positive effects on cardiovascular risk factors and quality of life. The aim of the study was to investigate if medi yoga has effect in quality of life, blood pressure and heart rate. The results of this prospective randomized pilot study, with eighty people, show that 12 weeks of medi yoga increases quality of life and decreases blood pressure and heart rate.  Abstract


Moderated Poster: Risk factors among people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and their thoughts about lifestyle

Author: A-S Forslund
Final Programme (FP) P49
Room: Moderated Poster Area
Time: Presented in the Moderated Poster Area, 10:00, Friday 22 March

A mixed methods design was used to address the aims which were to describe cardiovascular risk factors among people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and describe their thoughts about their lifestyle after this event. Most people had cardiovascular risk factors but, for more than half, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was the first symptom of coronary heart disease. Interview participants were well informed about their cardiovascular risk factors and the benefits of risk factor treatment. In spite of that, some chose to ignore this knowledge to some extent and preferred to live a “good life”, where risk factor treatment played a minor part.  Abstract


Poster: Perceived support from healthcare professionals, shock anxiety and post traumatic stress symptoms in implantable cardioverter defibrillator recipients

Author: I Morken
Final Programme (FP) P109
Room: Poster Area
Time: Presented all day on Friday 22 March

Studies examining post-traumatic stress disease (PTSD) symptoms among implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) recipients are still sparse. Shock anxiety, defined as fear of possible future shocks and avoidance of activities that may trigger them, could make ICD recipients vulnerable to develop PTSD symptoms. In addition, constructive and non-constructive dimensions of support from healthcare professionals may influence PTDS symptoms. In our cross-sectional study (n-167) we therefore examined the level of PTSD symptoms and the extent to which perceived support from healthcare professionals and shock anxiety were related to PTSD symptoms. The results indicate that between 10 and 15% of the recipients experienced moderate to severe PTSD symptoms.  Regression analysis demonstrated that shock anxiety had a statistically significant association with PTDS symptoms. In addition, a minority perceived non-constructive support from healthcare professionals, and, such perception was linked to more PTSD symptoms, particularly among those who experienced shock anxiety.  Abstract


Oral Abstract: The unique contribution of sense of coherence to disease adaptation in adolescents with congenital heart disease

Author: S Apers
Final Programme (FP) P126
Room: Alsh Room
Time: 11:00, Saturday 23 March

Sense of coherence (SOC) predicts disease adaptation (i.e. quality of life and perceived health) in adolescents with congenital heart disease (CHD). Some argue, however, that SOC merely measures the opposite of depression or neuroticism. Therefore, we conducted a cross-sectional study to assess whether SOC contributes to the prediction of disease adaptation in adolescents with CHD (n=366) after controlling for age, sex, disease complexity, personality, and depressive symptoms. SOC proved to capture aspects of patients’ disease adaptation that cannot be fully captured by depressive symptoms or broader personality traits.  Abstract


Moderated Poster:Close relatives experiences of information and support when the patient recently was accepted for the waiting list for heart or lung transplantation

Author: B Ivarsson
Final Programme (FP) P155
Room: Moderated Poster Area
Time: Presented in the Moderated Poster Area 10:00, Saturday 23 March

Relatives play a crucial role for patients requiring a heart or lung transplant. The aim was to illuminate the perceptions of relatives to newly listed heart or lung transplant patients on the information and support they received. The results of this qualitative study (N=18) showed a gap between the information and support that relatives need and receive. The transplant team, other healthcare professionals and society in general must better understand the experiences, resources and challenges that the relatives of heart or lung transplant patients face.  Abstract


Poster: Learning from readmissions

Author: S Young
Final Programme (FP) P157
Room: Poster Area
Time: Presented all day on Saturday 23 March

Emergency readmission into hospital can be costly to healthcare providers and unsatisfactory in terms of a patient pathway. We have been reviewing emergency readmissions into our cardiac centre in order to redesign services to try and reduce avoidable readmissions. We will present data looking at reasons for readmission and outline key actions we have taken to improve patient pathways as a result. One action included updating patient advice sheets with one point of contact for patient concerns after discharge. CCU nurses now triage these patient calls and provide expert advice. We have also taken the opportunity to review these patient calls into our unit and have made further changes to the advice sheets as a result.
This is work in progress so we welcome the opportunity to present and discuss with nursing and allied professionals and share their experiences.  Abstract