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ESC AND EACTS LAUNCH FIRST COLLABORATIVE ATRIAL FIBRILLATION GUIDELINES

The first European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines on Atrial Fibrillation developed in collaboration with the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) are published online 27 Aug 2016 in European Heart Journal  and the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, and on the ESC Website.

These are the first guidelines to target every atrial fibrillation specialist. They were written by clinical cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiac surgeons, a neurologist and a cardiovascular nurse.

Integrating input from the different specialties can improve outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation. Authors of the document wanted to put patients at the centre of the new guidelines.

There is growing awareness that we need teams to treat complex patients with atrial fibrillation. Putting patients at the centre of the treatment algorithm should improve the chances of getting rid of the arrhythmia, with the lowest possible risk. AF Heart Teams should be deployed particularly when the results of treatment are unsatisfactory.

https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/Last-5-years/esc-and-eacts-launch-first-collaborative-atrial-fibrillation-guidelines

https://www.escardio.org/Guidelines/Clinical-Practice-Guidelines/Atrial-Fibrillation-Management