2020 | Observatory of comorbidities in the oldest old with Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder and one of the most widespread cardio-cerebrovascular diseases in Western countries, the second cause of death and the first cause of disability in the elderly-adults. In particular in Italy, in the last 20 years, there has been a 66% increase in hospitalizations caused by this pathology.

To better focus on the issues related to the management of this pathology, Health Web Observatory has created this Observatory, with the unconditional support of Daiichi Sankyo, performing 2 surveys:

-one out of a sample of 500 elderly patients over 65 with AF,

-the other on a sample of doctors consisting of 200 cardiologists, 200 internists / geriatricians and 200 general practitioners.

The Observatory aimed to identify major clinical management issues of elderly patients with AF and multiple concomitant comorbidities / therapies, through a multi-stakeholder approach on the analysis of online communication regarding AF, and qualitative research analysis on common attitudes of physicians and patients themselves.

Analysis results were presented during the webinar held on 25 November 2020 which was attended by a panel of experts including the members of the Technical Scientific Board, composed not only by clinicians in the relevant sectors (the National Association of Hospital Cardiologists – ANMCO, the Italian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology – SIGG, the Italian Barometer Diabetes Observatory – IBDO, the Italian Society of General Practitioners – SIMG) and health researchers (University of Rome Tor Vergata), but also by patient representatives (Association for the fight against stroke – ALICe Onlus, Cittadinanzattiva) and institutional representatives (Ministry of Health and AIFA).