Cardiac patients often report suffering from bodily pain that not always seems to be related to their cardiac disease. To get more insight in the frequency of pain and related factors we aim to describe and to compare pain scores (as measured with SF36) in cardiac patients. We combined 6 databases with data of 3409 Swedish patients based on primary cardiac diagnoses including heart failure, arrhythmia, congenital heart disease and coronary artery disease. QoL and pain were assessed by the 36-Item Short-Form Survey (SF-36). Analyses were performed to examine the relationship between other components of QoL and demographic characteristics were checked for differences between cardiac diseases.
Update April 2015
The data will be presented at the EuroHeartCare 2015 conference in Dubrovnik and then this project will be closed down. We have learned a lot with regard to combining databases, differences in demographic and clinical variables, working with minimal data etc.
Update July 2015
On the Euroheart congress the QoL project was presented during a poster session;
At the end of the day Cesar members celebrated the end of the project with champagne.