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EHRA Conference 2018

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The first ‘new style’ annual conference of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) took place 18 – 20 March 2018 in Barcelona – Spain. Previously the conference was called Europace and was organised in collaboration with Cardiostim. The EHRA conference focusses on electrophysiology and the management of cardiac arrhythmias and the relationship with other cardiovascular conditions and risk factors. The conference welcomed approximately 6000 healthcare professionals from 100 countries, and this first edition of the EHRA conference was a great success.

EHRA 2019The three days were filled with interesting sessions with a diversity of topics. Oral anticoagulation is an important aspect in the management of cardiac arrhythmias to prevent thromboembolic complications such as a stroke. In a packed room, Professor Heidbuchel (Vice-President EHRA) presented the 2018 EHRA Practical Guide for the use of NOACs in patients with atrial fibrillation. This is an important document to guide health care professionals in e.g. decision making, management and follow-up in anticoagulation management. I very much encourage you to take look at the document (

OverviewAnother important topic is cognitive impairment in patients with cardiac arrhythmias. Given that the literature on this topic is scarce and the problem is underestimated and under-recognized in practice, it was very interesting to see the presentation on the EHRA expert consensus document on arrhythmias and cognitive impairment. The document highlights methods of assessments, the role for the health care professionals, as well as the role for imaging. There is still uncertainty as well as limited evidence in this area, but this guide will contribute to awareness and recognition of cognitive impairment in cardiac arrhythmias. For further reading please see the full consensus document:


At the conference I presented a novel integrated pathway for screening of sleep apnea in patients with atrial fibrillation. We developed this pathway in collaboration with colleagues from Belgium and Australia, and we propose this pathway to increase awareness for (the screening of) sleep apnea which will contribute to improved outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation (see figure).

In 2019 the EHRA conference will be held 17-19 March in Lisbon – Portugal.

Jeroen Hendriks

March 2018

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!

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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