Copenheart UK

CopenHeart consists of several subprojects - some of them are still being developed. All the subprojects will continously be presented on this site.

Cope-ICD CopenHeartRFA CopenHeartVR CopenHeartIE CopenHeartSD Economy Organisation 

Cardiac rehabilitation and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (Cope-ICD)

The Cope-ICD study focus on rehabilitation for people who have had an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) implanted. All the participants of this study have finished the project process. The project process consisted of two groups, a control group and an intervention group. The control group had the commonly used after treatment, ie. the the treatment the hospital offered at the time. The intervention group had nurse conversations throughout the first year after the implant and 12 weeks physical workout. 

The results of Cope-ICD are now being published and are updated on this website.   

Cardiac rehabilitation and atrial fribrillation (CopenHeartRFA)

CopenHeartRFA is the part of CopenHeart investigating rehabilitation of people treated for atrial fibrillation with radiofrequency ablation. The aim is to reach 210 participants. 105 take part in the the control group, and will be offered the common treatment from the hospital. The last 105 participants will be offered the CopenHeart rehabilitation consisting of 12 weeks of physical workout and 4 conversations with a nurse at Rigshjospitalet.

Cardiac rehabilitation and infectious endocarditis (CopenHeartIE)

The CopenHeartIE study investigate the rehabilitation of people who have be treated for infectious endocarditis (IE). 150 people will participate in this study. Half of the participants are the intervention group and take part in the integrated rehabilitation program; 12 weeks of individually planned physical workout and 5 conversations with a nurse. The other half of the group is the control group and will be offered the common aftertreatment from the hospital.

The control group and the intervention group will be compared according to e.g. life quality and physical capacity. This is done to investigate how people treated for infectious endocarditis can gain from a focused rehabilitation.

The CopenHEartIE study is done i cooperation with Gentofte Hospital

Cardiac rehabilitation and heart valve surgery (CopenHeartVR)

CopenHeartVR consentrates the study on rehabilitation of people after a heart valve surgery. The aim is to include 210 people who have undergone a heart valve surgery in the study. 105 participate in a control group and are offered the common aftertreatment from the hospital, but without the physical workout. The last 105 are the intervention group and will be offered CopenHearts focused rehabilitation. All 210 participants will be asked to answer 5 questionaires from CopenHeart during the first 2 years after their discharge.   

Heart disease and sexual disfunction (CopenHeartSD)

CopenHeart SF is investigating whether a specially designed rehabilitation intervention can improve heart patients' sexual function. 154 patients with heart disease and sexual problems will participate in this trial. Half of the participants will receive an intervention consisting of a 12-week program of physical exercise training, pelvic floor exercises and consultations with a nurse. The other half served as the control group and follows their usual outpatient follow-up. The two groups will be compared in relation to their sexual functioning, physical ability and quality of life.

The CopenHeart SF trial is done in corporation with Department of Cardiology at Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital.

Cardiac rehabilitation and complex heart diseases: Economic Consequences (CopenHeart Organisation and Economic)

This project will evaluate the economic consequences of rehabilitation to patients undergoing heart valve surgery. It consists of four projects with the main being an economic evaluation conducted as a cost-utility analysis based on the randomized controlled trial which is also the cornerstone in CopenHeartVR. In the cost-utility costs associated with cardiac rehabilitation, health care consumption in the secondary and primary sector and patient-related costs are compared to the outcome measure quality adjusted life years (QALY) assessed in the intervention and the control group. Costs and effects will be assessed 6 months from randomization by the end of the intervention.

Cardiac rehabilitation in a mixed cardiac population; Monitoring, quality of life and exercise context (CopenHeart ExQol)

This project takes a pragmatic approach to cardiac rehabilitation by pooling data collected from various groups of heart patients previous enrolled in the one of four CopenHeart trials. The project examines the relationship between self-rating of exertion and heart rate response during exercise, as an easy monitoring tool for patients with heart disease. Further, investigating which rehabilitation effects (e.g. physical capacity and depression) as predict the largest increase in self-reported quality of life, and finally, the influence of organizational context (hospital, municipality or home-based) on effects achieved from cardiac rehabilitation, is examined

Current project is performed in collaboration with CopenRehab and Metropolitan University College Copenhagen