Abstract 13624: Perceived Health and Physical Activity among Patients treated with Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation or Atrial Flutter compared with a Healthy General Population - Results from a Nationwide Survey
Introduction: Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter (AFL) report poor perceived health and avoidance behavior when suffering the arrhythmia. It is important to investigate if this perception and behavior changes after treatment with ablation, so that normality is regained.
Objective: To describe patients’ perceived health and physical activity 6-12 months after ablation for AF or AFL and compare with an age- and sex- matched healthy general population.
Methods: The nationwide cross-sectional survey was mailed to participants >18 years old who had been hospitalized for ablation for AF or AFL from January to June 2011.
The patients were identified in the Danish National Patient Register (n=714). The mailed questionnaire included Short Form 36 (SF-36) and a question about physical activity and was sent in Dec 2011 to eligible patients (n=627). The nationally representative Danish Health Interview Survey 2005 was used to sample an age- and sex-matched reference population.
Differences in perceived health (SF-36) were tested with t-test and chi2-test was used to determine the differences in physical activity levels.
Results: The questionnaire was answered by 462 patients (74%). We found in all domains on SF-36 significantly lower scores for patients treated for AF and AFL compared with the reference group (p=0.0001) (see Table 1). Physical activity levels were also significantly lower for the patients treated for AF and AFL (p<0.0001).
Conclusions: We found that patients treated for AF or AFL’s perceived health and physical activity levels were significantly impaired compared with a healthy general population. This is vital information for the health professional seeing the patients for follow-up after the ablation and rehabilitation should be considered.
Author Disclosures: S.S. Risom: None. S.K. Berg: None. A.V. Christensen: None. A. Zwisler: None. J.H. Svendsen: None. L.C. Thygesen: None.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.