EuroHeartCare 2015

This years congress was held in a warm and sunny Dubrovnik. The program was varied and interesting and many Cesars was there and presented their research.

In the first symposium about guideline based cardiovascular care Anna Strömberg spoke about how to implement guidelines into clinical practice. In the afternoon Tiny Jaarsma talked about how to optimize patient care in the chronic setting and how to take care of the carer.

It was also gratifying that two joint Cesar-project was presented:



Leonie Klompstra presented the website evaluation during the oral abstract session for doctoral student; The appropriateness and presentation of commonly available cardiovascular webpages in the Swedish language.





Jeroen Hendriks and others presented a poster regarding the QoL project called The influence of pain on health-related quality of life in patients with cardiac disease. 

This project is now closed down and we celebrated with a toast in champagne. We have learned a lot with regard to combining databases, differences in demographic and clinical variables, working with minimal data etc. 




The second day Helen Rönning gave a speak about GUCH: the patient perspective and in the moderated Poster Session Johan Israelsson held a presentation called Health-related quality of life among in-hospital cardiac arrest survivors.




Many Cesars also presented posters;

Received knowledge of heart failure patients undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy implantation. B. Ingadottir, I. Thylen, T. Jaarsma (Linkoping and Linköping, SE)

Depressive symptoms as a moderator and mediator of the relationship between physical activity, appetite and perceived health among patients with heart failure. C. Andreae, A. Stromberg, M. L. Chung, T. A. Lennie, K. Arestedt (Linköping, SE; Lexington, US)

The cognitive, supportive and behaviour needs of participants in a nurse-led intervention targeting patients with heart failure and their partners. M. Liljeroos, S. Agren, T. Jaarsma, A. Stromberg (Linkoping, SE)

Patient-nurse communication about prognosis and end-of-life care. A.-L. Hjelmfors, M. H.L. Van Der Wal, M. Friedrichsen, J. Martensson, A. Stromberg, T. Jaarsma (Linkoping and Jonkoping, SE)

The relationship between depressive symptoms, cardiac anxiety and fear of body sensations, and healthcare seeking behaviour in patients with non-cardiac chest pain. G. Mourad, A. Stromberg, P. Johansson, T. Jaarsma (Norrköping and Linköping, SE)

Dissatisfaction with sexual-life in community dwelling elderly: associations to cardiovascular disease, gender, depression, anxiety and health related quality of life. J.S. Josefine Svantesson, U.A. Urban Alehagen, P. Johansson (Linköping, SE)

Development and initial evaluation of an internet-based cognitive behavior therapy program for patients with heart failure and depression. J. Lundgren, G. Andersson, Ö. Dahlstrom, T. Jaarsma, A. Karner Kohler, P. Johansson (Linkoping, SE)

Evaluation of a nine-item thirst distress scale for patients with heart failure. N. Waldreus, T. Jaarsma (Linkoping, SE)

Physical activity in daily life in heart failure patients living in two European countries. L. Klompstra, T. Jaarsma, A. Stromberg, A. Muhic, P. Gastelurrutia, R. Cabanes, R. Rodriguez, B. Gonzalez, J. Lupon, A. Bayes-Genis (Linköping and Linkoping, SE; Badalona, ES)

Psychometric validation of the caregiver burden questionnaire for heart failure (CBQ-HF v4.0). A. Stromberg, N. Bonner, L. Grant, B. Bennett, M. Chung, T. Jaarsma, F. Calado, C. Deschaseaux (Linkoping, SE; Bollington, GB; Lexington, US; Basel, CH)

Difficulties in identification of sleep disordered breathing in the context of a disease management program for HF. A. Brostrom, U. Alehagen, M. Vrethem, E. Svanborg, P. Johansson (Jonkoping and Linköping, SE)

Back to normal: striving for a life worth living one year after a cardiac event. P. R. Tingstrom, A. Karner Kohler, S. Nilsson (Linkoping, Norrköping and Linköping, SE)

Beliefs about lifestyle habits one year after a cardiac event differs between patients with cardiac disease and spouses – a qualitative analysis directed from the health belief model. A.K.K. Karner Koehler, S.N. Nilsson, T.J. Jaarsma, P.T. Tingstrom (Norrköping and Linkoping, SE)

Assessing disease-specific patient reported outcomes within the Swedish National Quality Register AURICULA. U. Walfridsson, M. Rosenqvist, P.L. Agren, P. Andersson, T. Juhlin, C. Nilsson, C. Christersson, P. Svensson (Linköping, Stockholm, Falun, Hudiksvall, Malmö and Uppsala, SE)

Incidence and impact of delirium on physical and cognitive function in octogenarian patients one and six months after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation or Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement. L.S.P. Eide, A.H. Ranhoff, B. Fridlund, R. Haaverstad, K.O. Hufthammer, K.J. Kuiper, J.E. Nordrehaug, T.M. Norekvaal (Bergen and Stavanger, NO; Jönköping, SE)

Patients’ perspectives of discussing prognosis and end-of-life care. A.-L. Hjelmfors, A. Stromberg, M. Friedrichsen, A. Sandgren, J. Martensson, T. Jaarsma (Linkoping and Jonkoping, SE)

To adjust and endure: a qualitative study from older cardiac patients with multi morbidity. J. Eckerblad, K. Theander, A. Ekdahl, T. Jaarsma, I. Hellstrom (Linkoping, Karlstad and Norrkoping, SE)

Psychometric properties of the comprehensive Ethos towards Wellness Questionnaire (EtWeQ) in a Norwegian population: a replication and methodological study. B. G. A. Fridlund, J. Martensson, A. Baigi, A. Brostrom (Jönköping and Halmstad, SE)

Attitudes of health care professionals towards family involvement in care for patients with cardiovascular diseases. M.L.A. Luttik, S. Agren, E. Goossens, J. Martensson, D. Thompson, T. Jaarsma, A. Stromberg (Linkoping and Jonkoping, SE; Leuven, BE; Melbourne, AU)

Motivational interviewing and medication review in coronary heart disease (MIMeRiC). Study protocol of a RCT investigating effects on clinical outcomes, adherence and quality of life. M. Johansson Ostbring, L. Hellstrom, T. Eriksson, G. Petersson (Kalmar and Lund, SE)


We also had a nice guided tour in the old city center and networking reception.