The American Heart Association and Heart Rhythm Society announced their collaboration to help the between 2.7 million and 6.1 million people in the United States affected by atrial fibrillation (AFib). The condition is a quivering or irregular heartbeat, and accounts for approximately one-third of hospitalizations related to heart rhythm disturbance.
"The Heart Rhythm Society is excited to collaborate with the American Heart Association on this important quality initiative," Dr. John Day, Heart Rhythm Society president, said. "There are more than 150,000 newly diagnosed AFib patients each year within the U.S. alone. We believe this collaboration will advance guideline adoption, and ultimately improve outcomes."
Heart Rhythm Society is a global group of professionals focusing on cardiac arrhythmia disorders, including AFib.
The American Heart Association is a leader in educating the public in heart disease and stroke. More than 2,000 hospitals participate in the organizations Get With the Guidelines-AFib initiative, which focuses on improving access to proven medical therapies based on scientific guidelines, monitoring the quality of AFib care in hospitals and creating a database for continued research and quality improvement initiatives.