Atrial fibrillation (AF) patients often suffer a high symptom burden and reduced quality of life, a high burden of cardiovascular risk factors and events, elevated mortality risk, high hospitalization rates and few effective treatment options. Exercise is a cornerstone in the management of most chronic cardiac conditions and holds promise in AF, but the evidence is sparse and guidelines for PA and exercise do not exist for AF patients.
In this project we seek to close the knowledge gaps that have impeded structured use of exercise in AF management. To achieve this, we propose a national multicenter AF initiative: The Norwegian Exercise in Atrial Fibrillation Multicentre Study (NEXAF). The overall aim of NEXAF is to provide documentation for evidence-based recommendations for exercise in AF patients.