Dr James Rosengarten reports highlights from the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) Europace 2013 meeting held recently in Athens, Greece.
A website for AF patients AFib Matters (www.afibmatters.org) was introduced by the EHRA at the meeting.
The site outlines what AF is, symptoms, complications, types of drugs, and the need for stroke prevention. A section is devoted to frequently asked questions.
Professor Gregory YH Lip, who was Chairman of the Task Force responsible for the development of the website, said: “Patients with AF often have questions or misconceptions about their condition, such as whether they can travel, should they avoid certain foods, what can interact with their medication, and what is the risk of treatments. All of these questions are answered on the website.”
“The website also highlights the latest developments in the treatment and management of AF including the new oral anticoagulant drugs, ablation and devices. It is the authoritative website on AF and will be updated at regular intervals with relevant and timely information,” Professor Lip added.
Wessex Electrophysiology Fellow and BJCA Deanery Representative