Clinical Guidelines & Documents
- Patients with cardiac diseases or conditions with high risk of developing cardiac diseases undergo risk assessment by cardiologists, primary care physicians, and scientists based on referral for more advanced risk assessment strategies, institution of preventive treatments, counselling of patients and their relatives, and selection of patients for scientific trials. The various methods used for risk assessment differ with respect to availability, complexity, and usefulness in different patient populations.
- Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains an important global problem.1–3 AF continues to lead to poor health outcomes, including reduced quality of life (QoL) and increased risks of heart failure, cognitive impairment, stroke, and death.4,5 Moreover, it has a significant financial impact on health care systems and their associated economies.6–8 In order to improve care for patients with AF, there is an increasing recognition that current care must evolve. Health care organizations should move from a system of siloed outpatient and inpatient clinicians and health care facilities to a system of integrated, coordinated, and patient-centered AF centers.
- This HRS Needs Assessment is in the category of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) documents delineating a future direction of research, technology development, or health care policy and adheres to the following requirements set forth by the HRS:
- Reviewers: William-Fernando Bautista-Vargas (Colombia), Chern-En Chiang (Taiwan), Alejandro Cuesta (Uruguay), Gheorghe-Andrei Dan (Romania), David S. Frankel (USA), Yutao Guo (People's Republic of China), Robert Hatala (Slovakia), Young Soo Lee (Republic of Korea), Yuji Murakawa (Japan), Cara N. Pellegrini (USA), Claudio Pinho (Brazil), David J. Milan (USA), Daniel P. Morin (USA), Elenir Nadalin (Brazil), George Ntaios (Greece), Mukund A. Prabhu (India, Australia), Marco Proietti (UK, Italy), Lena Rivard (Canada), Mariana Valentino (Argentina), and Alena Shantsila (Reviewer Coordinator) (UK)