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Long-term AF registry launched

A long-term registry on atrial fibrillation (AF) is being launched this year, with the 56 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) member countries invited to participate, according to a statement from the ESC.

Given the advances in AF management and the availability of new ESC guidelines, there is a need for the systematic collection of contemporary data regarding the management and treatment of AF in the member ESC countries, says the statement. It is now nearly 10 years since the last European registry of AF management was undertaken (as part of the ESC EuroHeart Survey programme).

New guidelines on the management of AF have recently been published by the ESC, but it remains unclear how often clinicians adhere to them. Since the last EuroHeart survey, a change in management strategy has necessitated an update on prevalent management practices in AF. This is influenced by clinical availability of catheter ablation as a routine procedure and new antiarrhythmic drugs, and also by developments in stroke thromboprophylaxis and medical therapy options. Under the EurObservational Research Programme (EORP), an AF ablation sentinel pilot registry was launched in 2010.

A survey of AF management under the EORP programme will enable a timely assessment of the uptake of the new ESC guidelines, allow monitoring of implementation and uptake of catheter ablation, new antithrombotic drugs and new antiarrhythmic agents, and will inform about outcomes related to guideline-adherent management of AF.

The general objectives of the EORP registry on clinical epidemiology and medical management of AF are:

  • To verify the applicability, and to adapt or strengthen European practice guidelines (recommendations) on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and facilitate implementation of such guidelines.
  • To investigate the applicability of the results of clinical trials in everyday practice.
  • To analyse the outcome of different disease management strategies.
  • To foster the implementation of evidence-based medicine.

Published on: December 20, 2013

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