Exercise and Atrial Fibrillation
We are seeking participants that have been diagnosed with permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) to participate in a research study at the University of Auckland.
This study is focused on improving guidelines used to establish exercise training intensity in patients with permanent AF. Current guidelines recommend assigning training intensity based on a percentage of age predicted maximal heart rate. Given the effect of AF on heart regularity and the effect of rate or rhythm control medications on heart rate; these guidelines may under or over predict appropriate training intensities.
To be eligible for the study participants must:
- be diagnosed with permanent AF (>1 year)
- be able to walk on a treadmill and ride a stationary cycle
Participation in this study will involve attending six, 60 minute sessions over a period of 4 weeks. Participants will be required to exercise on both a treadmill and stationary cycle at a sub-maximal and maximal intensity.
The study will take place at the University of Auckland's Clinical Exercise and Cardiovascular Research laboratory located at 71 Merton Road, Glen Innes, Auckland.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact me