The 26th-29th of May I went to the Heart Failure Congress 2018, Including the World Congress on Acute Heart Failure in Vienna, Austria. The congress had over 5750 participants from over 80 countries. To see all the tweets during this congress, search for the #HeartFailure2018.
This year there was a lot of interesting talks and we would like to highlight the presentations given by members of the CESAR group.
Dr Tiny Jaarsma gave a talk about sex and heart disease. Pointing out that heart disease can lead to sexual problems. Furthermore, patients think that sexual counseling should be part of cardiac rehabilitation, which is often not a subject that was discussed. Patients prefer to receive written material and/or individual discussions. We should remember, according to Dr. Anna Strömberg, that patients with a LVAD are going through a transition in life and that there are psychosocial challenges in patients with an LVAD. See her take-home messages in the pictures below.
In the late breaking trials, the results of the HF-Wii study were discussed, which is a study conducted by Tiny Jaarsma, Anna Strömberg, Jan Mårtensson and Leonie Klompstra. This study proves that exergaming (being physical active through video gaming) positively influences exercise capacity and wellbeing of patients with heart failure. To see an interview about this study during the interview, please click here. In a poster presenting a sub-study of the HF-Wii showed that exergaming could also be feasible for patients with a LVAD, and patients especially liked to exergame with their grandchildren.
There was also a great session on alternative ways to be physically active in patients with heart failure. One of the alternative ways was presented by Anna Strömberg: medi-yoga. To read more about medi-yoga click here.
Another alternative way, again using exergaming, was presented by Tiny Jaarsma.
Leonie had two poster presentations, together with Tiny Jaarsma & Anna Strömberg, on the importance of objective measurements to assess physical activity.
Picture by @Angie_Durante89
Hanna Allemann also presented a poster. This study focus on perceived social support and health related quality of life in persons with heart failure and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
Please safe the date for next years’ Heart Failure congress 2019, 25-28th of May 2019 in Athens, Greece.
Hanna Allemann & Leonie Klompstra