The EHRA-PATHS Management Team is led by the European Society of Cardiology. To effectively communicate and implement the project, the following consortium partners have joined the Management Team : the Antwerp University Hospital (UZA), the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) and Catalyze (CAT). Together these members are committed to the seamless management of the project.

Interview with Hein Heidbuchel (UZA) - Scientific coordinator

How can EHRA-PATHS contribute to improving the lives of elderly atrial fibrillation patients with multimorbidity?

The treatment, effectiveness and outcome of patients with atrial fibrillation is largely defined by the underlying comorbidities. On average, elderly patients with atrial fibrillation have 4-5 comorbidities. Many of those lie outside the cardiovascular field. Keeping track of their detection, management, and multidisciplinary follow up, requires better tools. That is exactly the goal of this project. We will develop such tools, and test in a randomised clinical trial whether their use effectively improves comorbidity management.

On April 5 and 6, the consortium of the EHRA-PATHS project met face-to-face in Copenhagen. The meeting was organised in Copenhagen on the occasion of the 2022 EHRA Congress.

We are glad to announce that also this year, EHRA-PATHS will be presented at the 2022 EHRA Congress. The Scientific Coordinator of the project, Professor Hein Heidbuchel, will be holding the Symposium entitled “EHRA-PATHS: multimorbidity, polypharmacy and sex differences in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients: unmet needs and how to improve.

This year, the EHRA Congress took place online and entirely redesigned the scientific programme to emphasis on “Making connections to overcome arrhythmia”. Lien Desteghe, postdoc at the Antwerp University and Hasselt University, participated in the event as speaker of the session “New care pathways to improve outcomes in multimorbid, elderly atrial fibrillation patients”.

Sophia Antipolis, 25 April 2021 | The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) today announces the launch of EHRA-PATHS, an EU-funded project to improve the management of elderly atrial fibrillation patients with multiple conditions. The announcement comes during EHRA 2021, the online annual congress of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the ESC.

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