UTILITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY QUESTIONNAIRE IN PATIENTS WITH HEART FAILURE - THE EXPERIENCE OF A CARDIOVASCULAR REHABILITATION CLINIC

  • A. MANTA “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Maria Magdalena LEON-CONSTANTIN “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Alexandra MASTALERU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Sabina Alexandra COJOCARIU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Elena COJOCARU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • M. ROCA “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • F. MITU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Abstract

Cardiac rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program that improves health-related quality of life and exercise capacity in patients with heart failure. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire - Long Form (IPAQ-L) is an instrument for monitoring population levels of physical activity. The aim of our study was to evaluate the utility of IPAQ-L in rehabilitation of patients with heart failure. Material and methods: We performed a single-center cross-sectional study on 119 patients in which we evaluated anthropometric parameters and cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, blood pressure profile, glycemic, and lipid profile. The physical activity level was determinate by applying IPAQ-L. Results: Factors that correlate with better levels of physical activity were younger age (p = 0.013), weight status (p = 0.028), and abdominal circumference (p = 0.007). The application of the IPAQ questionnaire showed that 79.8% of the subjects performed physical activity at a level of at least 1,500 MET-minutes/week. Conclusions: Within a cardiac rehabilitation program, IPAQ-L can be used to assess physical activity, being an instrument with reasonable measurement properties for national monitoring.

Author Biographies

A. MANTA, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (I)

Maria Magdalena LEON-CONSTANTIN, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (I)
Clinical Rehabilitation Hospital Iasi, Romania
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Clinic

Alexandra MASTALERU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (I)
Clinical Rehabilitation Hospital Iasi, Romania
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Clinic

Sabina Alexandra COJOCARIU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (I)
Department of Morpho-functional Sciences (I)

Elena COJOCARU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Morpho-functional Sciences (I)
“Sf. Maria” Clinical Emergency Children’s Hospital, Iasi, Romania

M. ROCA, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (I)
Clinical Rehabilitation Hospital Iasi, Romania
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Clinic

F. MITU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (I)
Clinical Rehabilitation Hospital Iasi, Romania
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Clinic

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Published
2021-09-30
Section
INTERNAL MEDICINE - PEDIATRICS