Atrial fibrillation: epidemiology, screening and digital health

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  • Dr Linz, Dominik Karl
  • Monika Gawalko
  • Konstanze Betz
  • Jeroen M. Hendriks
  • Gregory Y.H. Lip
  • Nicklas Vinter
  • Yutao Guo
  • Søren Johnsen

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is highly prevalent with a lifetime risk of about 1 in 3–5 individuals after the age of 45 years. Between 2010 and 2019, the global prevalence of AF has risen markedly from 33.5 million to 59 million individuals living with AF. Early detection of AF and implementation of appropriate treatment could reduce the frequency of complications associated with AF. International AF management guidelines recommend opportunistic and systematic screening for AF, but additional data are needed. Digital approaches and pathways have been proposed for early detection and for the transition to early AF management. Mobile health (mHealth) devices provide an opportunity for digital screening and should be part of novel models of care delivery based on integrated AF care pathways. For a broad implementation of mHealth-based, integrated care for patients with chronic diseases as AF, further high quality evidence is necessary. In this review, we present an overview of the present data on epidemiology, screening techniques, and the contribution of digital health solutions to the integrated management of AF. We also provide a systemic review on current data of digital and integrated AF management.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100786
JournalThe Lancet Regional Health - Europe
Pages (from-to)1-20
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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  • Atrial fibrillation, Digital health, Epidemiology, Mobile health, Screening

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