New publications by Cesars

A new manuscript; “Changes in Appetite During the Heart Failure Trajectory and Association With Fatigue, Depressive Symptoms, and Quality of Life” was recently published by Christina Andreae,  Martje van der Wal, Dirk van Veldhuisen,  Bei Yang, Anna Strömberg and Tiny Jaarsma. Congratulations from the Cesar team!

Also an editorial in European Journal of Cardiovaskular nursing called “Let the games begin: Serious games in prevention and rehabilitation to improve outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease” was posted by Brynja Ingadottir, Tiny Jaarsma, Leonie Klompstra, Jan Aidemark, Linda Askenäs, Yotam Bahat, Oran Ben Gal, Aseel Berglund, Erik Berglund, Christoph Höchsmann, Meir Plotnik, Jaap CA Trappenburg, Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss and Anna Strömberg.

Leonie Klompstra presented at ESC

Leonie gave a presentation in the sessions “Improving Care for the Most Vulnerable Groups of Cardiovascular Patients” at ESC Congress 2020 – the Digital Experience on. The title of the presentation was; Exercise motivation in patients with heart failure.

Co-authors were Tiny Jaarsma, Anna Strömberg & Martje van der Wal. Analyses on the baseline data in the HF-Wii study with the purpose to describe motivations of HF patients to exercise and describe variables that are related to their exercise motivation.

Congratulations Dr Israelsson



Cesar Network congratulate Johan Israelsson for a great dissertation defense on the 13th of March. The title of the thesis is “Health-related quality of life after cardiac arrest”.

Johans opponent, Hans Morten Lossius, Professor from Stavanger participated via Zoom. Even so,  Johan and Hans Morten still succeeded to have an interesting discussion.


CESAR member participates in large international study


CESAR member Johan Israelsson has participated in a large international study with the title “Variability in functional outcome and treatment practices by treatment center after outofhospital cardiac arrest: analysis of International Cardiac Arrest Registry” recently published in Intensive Care Medicine,

The study analysed data from the International Cardiac Arrest Registry (INTCAR), with the aim to examine variation in functional outcome and in-hospital management with regard to center, for patients suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (CA). The INTCAR is an international (centers from Europe and the US) database including patients admitted to an intensive care unit after suffering CA. In the present study a total of 3855 patients were included. There were major variability (from 11% to 63%) in good outcome between centers, also after adjusting for patient-related factors. High performing centers were characterized by 1) having shorter time to goal temperature when initiating target temperature management (TTM), 2) more often using 33°C as goal temperature for TTM, 3) being more likely to perform percutaneous coronary intervention in unconscious patients and 4) using a variation of methods for prognostication, when compared to low performing centers. The authors conclude that center-specific differences in functional outcome exist. These differences are partially explained by differences in treatment.



Masters student visit


As a masters student from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, I am working on my master thesis. Being an ICU nurse, I encounter such a large proportion of my patients experiencing severe thirst. So when I had the opportunity to work with Tiny Jaarsma on measuring thirst I didn’t think twice ! In my graduation project I am now looking at the reliability and validity of the Thirst Distress Scale for patients with Heart Failure (TDS-HF) in a population of ICU patients. In March I have had the opportunity to come to Linköping and Norrköping to meet Tiny and others to work on my project. It has been a great experience to meet with researchers from LIU and Karolinska Institutet and share ideas. I have felt very welcome. Thanks to all of you !

Marleen Flim

ACNAP webinar; Clinical Cases on Heart Failure

This week Anna Strömberg, Tiny Jaarsma and Ekaterini Lambrinou held a great webinar arranged by ACNAP.

The learning objectives were;

  • Develop and/or test clinical skills on heart Failure clinical cases
  • Develop and /or test knowledge and clinical skills in assessing, diagnosing and managing cases in heart failure
  • Present two clinical cases on acute decompensated heart failure and on the management of chronic heart failure
  • Learn useful and evidence-based practical information on the care of heart failure patients from an acute event to the management of chronic heart failure
  • Learn how to develop evidence-based algorithms or pathways for the care of patients with heart failure