Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the
most common cardiac arrhythmia with approximately 2-3 million cases in US and
an additional 25 million plus worldwide. The prevalence of AF is probably under
estimated due to under diagnosis. AF is relatively uncommon before the age of
60 years, but affects 10% of population over the age of 80 years. There are a
multitude of causes for AF and there are ever emerging Risk Factors that are
being studied. The future estimate of prevalence of this condition is
increasing drastically, thus the need to spread the awareness among people.
Despite the advances in recent times, the efforts that are going on to educate
and diagnose people with this condition in early stages are not adequate
enough. This warrants an action now than ever before to coordinate such efforts
worldwide and this where GAFA is striving to spread the awareness of the
condition in general population, so that people are aware of AF and is also acting
as a proactive tool in involving patients in their health care decisions
regarding treatment of AF.
Credits: Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD, FACC, FHRS