Journal article

Geographical variation and predictors of physical activity level in adults with congenital heart disease

Lena Larsson, Bengt Johansson, Camilla Sandberg, Silke Apers, Adrienne H Kovacs, Koen Luyckx, Corina Thomet, Werner Budts, Junko Enomoto, Maayke A Sluman, Jou-Kou Wang, Jamie L Jackson, Paul Khairy, Stephen C Cook, Luis Alday, Katrine Eriksen, Mikael Dellborg, Malin Berghammer, Gwen Rempel, Samuel Menahem Show all



Background: Physical activity is important to maintain and promote health. This is of particular interest in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) where acquired heart disease should be prevented. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum of 2.5 h/week of physical activity exceeding 3 metabolic equivalents (METS) to achieve positive health effects. It is unknown whether physical activity levels (PAL) in adult CHD patients differ by country of origin. Methods: 3896 adults with CHD recruited from 15 countries over 5 continents completed self-reported instruments, including the Health Behaviour Scale (HBS-CHD), within the APPROACH-IS project. For each patient, we calculate..

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Awarded by Research Fund-KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Awarded by Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation, Sweden

Awarded by Cardiac Children's Foundation, Taiwan

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Research Fund-KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium (OT/11/033); by the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation, Sweden (20130607); by the University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care, Gothenburg, Sweden; and by the Cardiac Children's Foundation, Taiwan (CCF2013_02). Furthermore, this work was endorsed by and conducted in collaboration with the International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ISACHD).