Why the focus on atrial fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a major threat to healthy aging, causing death, stroke and long-term disability in the elderly population.
What is CATCH ME?
CATCH ME (Characterising Afib by Translating its Causes into Health Modifiers in the Elderly) improves the prevention and treatment of atrial fibrillation and its complications. It develops and validates better disease management strategies based on improved understanding of the main health modifiers (such as genes, drugs, and behaviour) leading to atrial fibrillation. More specifically, CATCH ME will:
- identify the major health modifiers causing AF in the elderly;
- develop clinical tools to personalise the prevention and management of AF patients; and
- guide/strengthen future strategies to prevent, diagnose, and treat AF.
CATCH ME also provides answers to current AF uncertainties, such as gender differences, by clarifying the reasons why females seem to be more protected against AF compared with males, or why females are at higher stroke risk than males once they have developed AF.
ESC and CATCH ME
As a consortium partner, the ESC uses its expertise to translate scientific knowledge into practical tools that support healthcare professionals in keeping up to date and applying best practice guidelines. By using our extensive network of institutional and individual members, we ensure that these tools are delivered to the maximum number of healthcare professionals. These include two new Mobile Apps and an education programme that will revolutionise the management of patients with AFib.
NEW Mobile Apps
The 'AF Manager' app is a state-of-the-art tool for healthcare professionals that uses integrated patient data to suggest treatment options from the ESC's 2016 Clinical Practice Guidelines on Atrial Fibrillation.
The 'My AF' app is an educational-resource tool for people with atrial fibrillation that records symptoms and quality-of-life data that can be shared with the healthcare team before each hospital visit.
Online Education Programme
Access a range of educational materials to make the most out of/ or to enhance your knowledge about these exciting new apps.
Also of interest
- ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines on Atrial Fibrillation
- The patient website - afibmatters.org
- The European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA)
- EP Europace - official journal of the European Heart Rhythm Association
- EHRA Europace Cardiostim congress
- ESC Congress 365 - atrial fibrillation videos, slides and reports from ESC congresses
CATCH ME Consortium
To find out more about CATCH ME, visit http://www.catch-me.info/
- The University Of Birmingham
- Consorci Institut D'Investigacions Biomediques August Pi I Sunyer
- Universiteit Maastricht
- Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen
- The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University Of Oxford
- Universite Pierre Et Marie Curie - Paris 6
- Kompetenznetz Vorhofflimmern E.V.
- European Society of Cardiology ESC
N.B. CATCH ME is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 633196.