The Route Map for Change & the European Atlas on the Prevention of AF-Related Stroke

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Completed date:
Disease area:
Atrial fibrillation / stroke
Key partners and stakeholders:

Steering committee:
Professor John Camm
The Arrhythmia Alliance
AntiCoagulation Europe

HPP also gathered input and endorsement from 16 patient and professional organisations across Europe

Signature output:
Interactive Route Map PDF

About this project

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common condition, yet few people have heard of it. What is often not known is that AF is the second most important risk factor for stroke, after blood pressure. Some 1 in 5 strokes is due to AF – close to 360,000 cases per year in the EU – and AF-related strokes are the most fatal and costly of strokes.

The good news is that effective therapies are available that help reduce the risk of stroke in people with AF. But many patients at significant risk of stroke – up to 40% in many countries – are not offered these treatments, despite a strong evidence base and consistent international guidelines recommending their use.

The challenge, as ever, is one of implementation. But successful implementation requires up-to-date, reliable data to help understand what are the most important unmet needs in each country, and where  efforts should be targeted to achieve the greatest returns.

What we did:

HPP led the creation of a first-ever European atlas on AF-related stroke, accompanied by one of the most comprehensive, high-level calls to action ever on the topic, endorsed by leading clinicians and patient organisations.

We led the development of this comprehensive report, with support from a steering committee comprising Professor John Camm, the Arrhythmia Alliance and AntiCoagulation Europe.

Over 20 leading clinical experts and patient organisations from across Europe also contributed to the report.

The Route Map provides:

  • 16 detailed case studies of what has worked in different countries
  • 27 comprehensive country profiles, allowing detailed comparisons between healthcare systems
  • 7 priority areas to guide action by policymakers.

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