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A roadmap to improve the quality of atrial fibrillation management: proceedings from the fifth Atrial Fibrillation Network/European Heart Rhythm Association consensus conference
Univ Birmingham, Birmingham, W Midlands, England.;Univ Hosp Munster, Dept Cardiovasc Med, Munster, Germany.;Atrial Fibrillat Network AFNET, Munster, Germany..
Univ Hosp Munster, Dept Cardiovasc Med, Munster, Germany.;Atrial Fibrillat Network AFNET, Munster, Germany..
Leiden Univ, Med Ctr, Leiden, Netherlands..
Atrial Fibrillat Network AFNET, Munster, Germany..
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2016 (English)In: Europace, ISSN 1099-5129, E-ISSN 1532-2092, Vol. 18, no 1, 37-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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At least 30 million people worldwide carry a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF), and many more suffer from undiagnosed, subclinical, or 'silent' AF. Atrial fibrillation-related cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, including cardiovascular deaths, heart failure, stroke, and hospitalizations, remain unacceptably high, even when evidence-based therapies such as anticoagulation and rate control are used. Furthermore, it is still necessary to define how best to prevent AF, largely due to a lack of clinical measures that would allow identification of treatable causes of AF in any given patient. Hence, there are important unmet clinical and research needs in the evaluation and management of AF patients. The ensuing needs and opportunities for improving the quality of AF care were discussed during the fifth Atrial Fibrillation Network/European Heart Rhythm Association consensus conference in Nice, France, on 22 and 23 January 2015. Here, we report the outcome of this conference, with a focus on (i) learning from our 'neighbours' to improve AF care, (ii) patient-centred approaches to AF management, (iii) structured care of AF patients, (iv) improving the quality of AF treatment, and (v) personalization of AF management. This report ends with a list of priorities for research in AF patients.

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2016. Vol. 18, no 1, 37-50 p.
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Atrial fibrillation, Outcomes, Quality of care, Research, Rate control, Antiarrhythmic drugs, Catheter ablation, Anticoagulation, Cardiovascular risk, Bleeding, Research priorities
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282648DOI: 10.1093/europace/euv304ISI: 000370982800005PubMedID: 26481149OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-282648DiVA: diva2:917482
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EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 261057
Available from: 2016-04-06 Created: 2016-04-06 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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