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Observational studies on atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and represents a heterogeneous disease state associated with significant morbidity and increased mortality. Management of patients with AF has substantially changed over the last decade due to the availability of new treatment options. In addition, more patients are detected due to improved technologies to diagnose “silent AF”. Therefore, it is essential to obtain contemporary real-world data on clinical epidemiology and management of AF in clinical practice and to investigate associated outcomes.

For this purpose, a large prospective registry for patients with AF in Germany, the AFNET-EORP AF Registry, has been initiated in cooperation with the German Atrial Fibrillation Competence Network (AFNET e.V.), the German Cardiac Society and the EURObservational Research Programme (EORP) of the ESC.