Exercise Training for Atrial Fibrillation

Years funded:
2017 - 2018

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent clinical arrhythmia that is most commonly managed by medication and/or an invasive procedure known as catheter ablation.

Dr Adrian Elliot’s research has previously shown that patients who address risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity are more likely to improve their arrhythmia.

Importantly, Dr Elliot’s research has shown that patients who use exercise to gain fitness are over five times more likely to be free of arrhythmia after a four-year follow-up period. Notably, this benefit was in addition to that seen with weight loss.  Therefore, this study aims to address the direct benefits of an exercise-based intervention in patients with symptomatic AF. 

Patients will be randomly allocated to a specifically tailored exercise intervention (plus medical care) or medical care alone. 

This will subsequently address whether an exercise intervention:

1. Reduces the burden and symptoms of AF, 
2. Improves fitness and function of the heart and 
3. Is a cost-effective strategy for achieving these aims.

Researcher Profile

Dr Adrian Elliott

Institute: The University of Adelaide
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