MacKillop director joins world experts
Published: Wednesday 15th July 2015
Professor Simon Stewart, Director of the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, has joined a team of international experts in atrial fibrillation (AF) to co-author a key opinion paper reviewing the best evidence for supporting patients with the deadly and disabling condition – 'Cardiac tachyarrhythmias and patient values and preferences for their management'.
The paper has been published in leading journal Europace, journal of the European Society of Cardiologists and European Heart Rhythm Association. It recently was announced at the European Society of Cardiology Heart Rhythm Conference in Milan.
“Chronic AF is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia observed in medical practice and one of the most common cardiovascular disorders overall. The most serious consequences of AF are stroke and heart failure – often leading to a premature death. This major document that fits well into our research portfolio of AF management and increases our understanding of patients’ experience of treatment for AF.”
Professor Stewart said the paper also speaks to the MacKillop’s special focus on helping and advocating for disadvantaged groups in society, across Australia and beyond.