Heart Support Australia has embraced the launch of Australia's first ever guidelines for atrial fibrillation (AF). The guidelines have been developed to provide guidance to when it comes to the diagnosis and management of adult patients with AF.
The guidelines were developed as a joint initiative between the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) and were shaped by input from a multidisciplinary group of experts.
The Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines, Key Messages and Frequently Asked Questions released by the Heart Foundation last week paints a concerning picture of Australia's current AF profile. It is estimated that almost three percent of the Nation's adults are living with the condition. This equates to more than half a million Australians. The past decade has seen an increase in deaths from AF of 82 percent. AF related hospitalisations have increased by 6 percent per year over a 15 year period.
Heart Support Australia CEO Amy Squires believes the provision of the guidelines is a major step forward for health professionals and their ability to educate on how the patient can take an active roll in their journey to an improved health outcome thus reducing the strain AF poses on Australia’s health system.
"These guidelines are a fantastic resource. Heart Support Australia believes that the guidelines will improve the quality of life for patients living with AF. We also expect to see a reduction in hospital admissions and AF related stress on Australia’s health resources,” said Ms Squires.
The Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines, Key Messages and Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.