Abstract 18725: Exercise Capacity and Level of Physical Activity in a Broad Population of Adults With Congenital Heart Disease
Purpose: To evaluate exercise capacity and physical activity level in a broad population of Swedish men and women with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD).
Material and Methods: From April 2009 to December 2012, 1176 patients with ACHD, seen at regular visits in an ACHD-unit were assessed for the possibility and individual need to take part in tests of physical fitness. The patients performed a submaximal ergometer bicycle test to evaluate exercise capacity and filled in the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) to assess the level of physical activity.
Results: Four hundred and seventy three patients (40.2 %) performed the tests and the demographics of these patients and the results of the tests are presented in table 1.
Conclusions: The correlation between exercise capacity and the level of physical activity is low in patients with ACHD and this finding is in congruence with former studies in healthy persons. To judge exercise capacity of a patient with ACHD using self reported physical activity should therefore be used with caution before exercise capacity is objectively assessed.
Table 1. Demographic data of patients with ACHD categorized according to the physical activity level assessed by IPAQ.
- Adult congenital heart disease
- Physical activity
- Congenital heart disease
- Exercise tests
- Excitation-contraction coupling (ECC)
- © 2013 by American Heart Association, Inc.