Does sinus rhythm conversion after cardiac surgery affect postoperative health- related quality of life?

Henrica N. A. M. van Breugel, Parise Orlando, Fred H. M. Nieman, Ryan E. Accord, Fabiana Luca, Pieter Lozekoot, Narendra Kumar, Ghislaine A. P. G. van Mastrigt, Jan F. M. A. Nijs, Ries Vrakking, Jos G. Maessen, Mark La Meir, Sandro Gelsomino*

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Background: We investigated the impact and the predictive value of sinus rhythm at 12 months (SR12) on subscales of three different HrQoL questionnaires: SF-36., EuroQoL and MFI 20. Methods: Data of 125 cardiac surgery patients with pre-operative AF from our previous randomized trial were used. Based on their rhythm outcome patients were divided in two groups: SR12 or AF at 12 months follow up (non-SR12). All questionnaires were self-administered pre-operatively and at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after surgery. Results: Synus rhytm at 12 months was predictive of improvement of SF36-mental score (MS, p = 0.021), Euro-QoL-MS (p = 0.009), VAS (p = 0.006), and MFI 20-MS (p = 0.009). We failed to find any significant interactions between SR12 and any of the other significant risk factors: age 0.05) which were predicted by age
Original languageEnglish
Article number75
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2016


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Health related quality of life
  • Ablation

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