Atrial Fibrillation is the most common kind of arrhythmia or irregular heart rhythm. It is a progressive, chronic condition that may get worse without treatment but can be treated effectively. Atrial fibrillation affects approximately 350,000 Canadians.
Atrial refers to the top two chambers of the heart, known as the atria. The atria are designed to send blood efficiently and rhythmically into the ventricles by way of regular electrical signals. The ventricles then pump the blood to the rest of the body. In atrial fibrillation, the electrical signals are rapid, irregular and disorganized and the heart may not pump efficiently.Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke significantly.
Working together, CANet members including our Network investigators, partners, and patients aim to REDUCE atrial fibrillation hospitalization and emergency department visits by 30%. Below are some of the CANet-funded studies helping us achieve our goals.