AHA, Heart Rhythm Society join to improve care for AFib patients
The American Heart Association and Heart Rhythm Society announced Thursday a collaboration to advance research and improve the delivery of care for people with a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.
The organizations will work together over the next three years to engage more hospitals and clinicians to learn about and participate in quality improvement programs. The groups also plan to advance cardiovascular research and quality improvement through joint efforts and to increase educational opportunities for specialty cardiologists, such as electrophysiologists, through webinars and national conferences.
AFib is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that affects as many as 6.1 million Americans. Often undiagnosed, it occurs sporadically and may not produce symptoms. People with AFib are five times more likely to have a stroke and are at risk for other heart-related complications.
A main goal of the alliance is to improve quality of care for patients with AFib while also preventing strokes, said William Lewis, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines-AFib work group and chief of cardiology for MetroHealth System in Cleveland.
“Collaborating with the Heart Rhythm Society brings the expertise of the largest U.S. electrophysiology professional organization together with the American Heart Association’s leadership in improving healthcare quality,” said Lewis, also a professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University.
“Aligning with experts in heart rhythm care will allow us to touch the lives of many more patients with atrial fibrillation, the most common heart arrhythmia in the world,” he said.
By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS