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    Caruana, Maryanne
    et al.
    Department of Cardiology, Mater Dei Hospital, Birkirkara Bypass, Msida, MSD 2090, Malta.
    Apers, Silke
    University of Leuven, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven - 3000, Leuven, Belgium.
    Kovacs, Adrienne H
    Oregon Health & Science University, Portland,Knight Cardiovascular Institute, OR, USA..
    Luyckx, Koen
    University of Leuven, School Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development, KU Leuven - 3000, Leuven, Belgium.
    Thomet, Corina
    Center for Congenital Heart Disease, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland..
    Budts, Werner
    University of Leuven, Division of Congenital and Structural Cardiology, University Hospitals Leuven, KU Leuven - 3000, Leuven, Belgium..
    Sluman, Maayke
    Department of Cardiology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands..
    Eriksen, Katrine
    Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway.
    Dellborg, Mikael
    The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg,Institute of Medicine, Gothenburg, Sweden..
    Berghammer, Malin
    University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level. University of Gothenburg, Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC), Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Johansson, Bengt
    Umeå University, Department of Clinical Medicine and Public Health, Umeå, Sweden..
    Soufi, Alexandra
    Hospital Louis Pradel, Lyon, France.
    Callus, Edward
    Clinical Psychology Unit, IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, San Donato Milanese, Italy..
    Moons, Philip
    University of Leuven, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven - 3000, Leuven, Belgium..
    Grech, Victor
    University of Malta Medical School, Department of Paediatrics, MSD 2090, Msida, Malta..
    Red Flags for Maltese Adults with Congenital Heart Disease: Poorer Dental Care and Less Sports Participation Compared to Other European Patients-An APPROACH-IS Substudy.2017In: Pediatric Cardiology, ISSN 0172-0643, E-ISSN 1432-1971, Vol. 38, no 5, p. 965-973Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Studies in recent years have explored lifestyle habits and health-risk behaviours in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients when compared to controls. The aim of this study was to investigate differences in lifestyle habits between Maltese and other European ACHD patients. Data on alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, substance misuse, dental care and physical activity collected in 2013-2015 during "Assessment of Patterns of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Adults with Congenital Heart disease-International Study" (APPROACH-IS) were analysed. Responses from 119 Maltese participants were compared to those of 1616 participants from Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Significantly fewer Maltese patients with simple (Maltese 84.1% vs. European 97.5%, p < 0.001) and moderately complex CHD (Maltese 83.6% vs. European 97.4%, p < 0.001) brushed their teeth daily. Only 67.2% of Maltese with moderately complex disease had dental reviews in the previous year compared to 80.3% of Europeans (p = 0.02). Maltese patients with simple (Maltese 31.8% vs. European 56.1%, p = 0.002) and moderately complex lesions (Maltese 30.0% vs. European 59.2%, p < 0.001) performed less regular sport activities. Comparison by country showed Maltese patients to have significantly poorer tooth brushing and sports participation than patients from any other participating country. Alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking and substance misuse were not significantly different. This study highlights lifestyle aspects that Maltese ACHD patients need to improve on, which might not be evident upon comparing patients to non-CHD controls. These findings should also caution researchers against considering behaviours among patients in one country as necessarily representative of patients on the larger scale.

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