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Cesars at AHA

This year a group of Cesar members attended and presented at American Heart.

Christina Andrea presented a poster about nutrition in HF patients and Lisa Hjelmfors, Anna Strömberg and Tiny Jaarsma presented a poster about palliative care.












Tiny and Anna also gave several speeches, as well as Jeroen Hendriks.JH









JagMaria Liljeroos presented in the oral abstract session about the feasibility of a ehealth tool prescribed to patients with HF.




During the whole conferens Leonie Klompstra posted Early career blogs for the AHA, read them here;

Nursing poster sessions

Early career Blog






Study visit Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Nursing


Dear All,


The 16-26 October 2017, I went on a study visit to Cyprus. The purpose of the study visit was to experience working with another research group and to look in the literature for activity monitors that are used in research in physical activity in patients with heart failure.

During my PhD, we had difficulties finding an appropriate measurement to measure objectively physical activity in this patient group. For this reason I was interested to look in the literature systematically for ways to measure physical activity in an objective way.

Before the visit, a PhD student Martha Kyriakou and I did a systematic literature search in the databases Pubmed, Scopus, CINAHL and Web of Science to search for studies, which objectively measured if their intervention influenced the physical activity in patients with Heart Failure. We worked together with Ekaterini Lambrinou and Nicos Middleton to look at the possibilities to conduct a meta-analysis and the possibilities to write an article together. We presented the 24th of October during a scientific methodology course for master and PhD students.

Furthermore I visit different parts of the University, met researchers with different research interests and made a visit to the American Medical Center in Limassol. For the last visit I would like to thank Vasillis I Barberis to show me around in this beautiful hospital.


I learned a lot working with another research group, got so much motivation, inspiration and the realization that I have a great job.

A big thanks you to Ekaterini Lambinou, for your expertise and hospitality and to Nicos Middleton for your enthusiasm and inspiration!

Leonie Klompstra

CESAR-group highlights at ESC in Barcelona

Here is some great news from CESARS attending the ESC!

Maria B poster

Maria Bäck presented a poster “Validity of accelerometer cut-points and level of free-living physical actvity in the oldest old patients with coronary artery disease”.


Jeroen and Ula

Jeroen Hendriks was awarded for Top downloaded article and best reviewer,   and did 2 presentations.

Ulla Walfridsson: awarded best reviewer.



Leonie Klompstra was awarded  for Top cited  paper.

Anna Strömberg chaired 2 sessions.

WiiTiny; Anna and Leonie: presented Wii study in a late breaking clinical trial session!

Read more about the first results of the HF-Wii study here!

To see the presentation and the slides of the presentation on the late breaking science in heart failure click here. (free inlog ESC is needed).



EuroHeartCare 2017. Report from the annual congress of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions: Team work for excellence in cardiovascular care

EuroHeartCare is the annual congress of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions, (CCNAP) targeting audience from clinical practice and research settings across the whole spectrum of cardiovascular care, so for example, from prevention, acute cardiac care, heart failure both in children grown ups, families and communities.

Between 18-20 May, EuroHeartCare 2017 was held in Jönköping, Sweden in collaboration with the Swedish Association on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (VIC). The congress welcomed 338 delegates, with attendees from 38 countries  worldwide, representing a variety professions such as nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, lab technicians, behavioral scientists and cardiologists. 

The EuroHeartCare conference has grown to a 2.5 day event with preconference workshops on the first day followed by fourteen scientific sessions spread over a full two days. They were organized in two lecture rooms running in parallel, covering a wide range of topics.

EuroHeartCare_ Poster2Poster sessions were running during the breaks and at lunch time.

EuroHeartCare 2017 had a faculty full of leading experts in many fields. The conference was opened by two well known and highly respected professionals who have been (and still are) an inspiration to conduct high quality research to strengthen evidence based care. Both these two leaders in the field have been acknowledged national and international with life time achievement awards from professional organizations and played an important role for the development of nursing and nurses in ESC and AHA.

In the opening ceremony on the first day, Prof Kathy Dracup (UCSF) spoke about ‘Teamwork,EuroHeartCare17_profDracup2 knowledge integration and performance in cardiovascular care.’  Prof Bengt Fridlund was the other keynote lecturer who spoke about Cardiovascular Nursing the last decades, addressing major achievements nurses in major research collaborations, pivotal life saving intervention studies, development of guidelines and educational programs.

Fridlund, was specially honored by all Swedish and international participants for his contributions in the Swedish but also the international arena of cardiovascular caring research.

During the conference a lot of attendants were inspired by reports from presented cases EuroHeartCare_moderated Posterand the wide range of research  and spoke with people from other countries about building on successes, overcoming challenges and strengthening collaborative efforts for the future. This year 229 abstract were submitted and 193 were presented in 3 moderated poster sessions, 2 poster sessions, 2 oral abstract and one clinical case sessions.

The preconference workshops were organized to get more indepth knowelgde of a certain topic. This year we had a ECG Interpretation workshop in which participants were provided an opportunity to develop a systematic approach to the interpretation of the ECG, explored common but difficult challenges in ECG interpretation and learned to recognize important ECG warning signs.


The other preconference workshop was entitled ‘Publishing your articles with impact and influence’ In this very well attended workshop 3 editors, 3 authors and a publisher discussed the peer review process, impact, writing academically in English when it is not your native language and the use of social media to increase knowledge about impact and influence of scientific publication.

A new feature this year was the CPR Competition. This was a ‘drop-in’ workshop and competition on Friday and  Saturday. In this this competition /workshop attendees got the latest CPR information from the Swedish Resuscitation Council (SRC) and methodology from Ryhov Hospital in a self-practice area and then tested skills against other delegates! The competition consisted of performing single rescuer basic CPR (adult) for a 2-minute-period.

THE CCNAP is looking back on another successful conference for ESC’s cardiovascular nurses and allied professionals and looking forward to EuroHeartCare 2018 in Dublin from 7-9 June. It would be wonderful if we could double the number of participants there!

Read more about EuroHeartCare at the FB page!

Tiny Jaarsma


Kardiovaskulära vårmötet 2017

Sitter på tåget hem från 2017 års kardiovaskulära vårmöte i Malmö och försöker smälta alla intryck från 3 fantastiska dagar. Det har varit en lyckad konferens och trots att omkring 1400 personer rörde sig i lokalerna fungerade allt på snudden till perfekt.  Dessutom hade våren kommit lite längre än hemma i Norrköping och det var skönt att slippa snö och hagel för några dagar i slutet av april.

Tillbaka till konferensen och det stora utbudet av vetenskapligt innehåll där det liksom i en brigde-blandning fanns någonting för alla oavsett profession eller intresse. Där behandlades områden som personcentrerad vård, akut vård, sekundärprevention, patientutbildning, psykisk ohälsa, fysisk aktivitet, samt mat som medicin för hjärtat. Dessa toppades med Fridlundföreläsningen av Tiny Jaarsma och Schlyterföreläsningen av Lotta Altis. Många fantastiska presentationer lockade och det var svårt att prioritera vad man skulle lyssna på. Trots detta är det en särskild föreläsning som jag sent kommer att glömma, nämligen Werkö-föreläsningen med Joseph Kisslo som med stor humor höll sin föreläsning ”Never be the smartest person in the room”.  Mellan sessionerna fanns möjligheten att mingla och nätverka med människor från olika hjärtkliniker i vårt avlånga land. Det bjöds också på god dryck och förtäring för att hålla humöret på topp.

Konferensmiddagen hölls på Malmö FF:s hemmaarena GMoch där bjöds på fantastisk mat och underhållning. Grädden på moset blev prisutdelningen till 5 bästa fria föredrag, 6 bästa posters, samt bästa fallpresentation och där JAG blev utsedd till en av de 5 som höll det bästa fria föredraget, otroligt kul.

För mig innebar denna konferens tvärprofessionalitet, teamarbete, kompetensutveckling, kunskapsutbyte, samt glädje och fest. Jag hoppas att nästa vårmöte i Stockholm kan matcha denna upplevelse för jag ser redan fram emot nästa år.

Ghassan Mourad