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AFib Optimal Treatment Expert Roundtable--Effecting Assessing Stroke and Bleeding Risk in Anticoagulation Decision-Making

Date: January 1st, 2011

This roundtable explored the risk assessment tools and their limitations, discussed how the tools should be updated to overcome those limitations and to reflect the data from emerging therapies, formed consensus on what steps should be taken to address any proposed guideline changes and call for mandates, and considered how best to raise awareness amongst health care professionals on this expert consensus and the need for new best practices.

Read the consensus document that was produced as a result.


Assessing Stroke and Bleeding Risk in Atrial Fibrillation—Consensus Statement

Date: July 1st, 2012

This expert consensus statement makes important recommendations on the use of stroke and bleeding risk tools, the decision to anticoagulate, the incorporation of patient preferences, and more.  Read an executive summary.

The experts include Mark J. Alberts, MD; Mary Amantangelo, MS, ACNP-BC, CCRN; Kenneth A. Bauer, MD; Lynne T. Braun, PhD, CNP, FAHA; Henry I. Bussey, PharmD; A. John Camm, MD, QHP, FRCP, FACC, FESC, FMedSci, FHRS, CStJ; David Garcia, MD; Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD; Jonathan L. Halperin, MD; Mellanie True Hills; Alan K. Jacobson, MD; Gregory Y.H. Lip, MD, FRCP, FESC, FACC; Edith A. Nutescu, PharmD, FCCP; Daniel E. Singer, MD; Albert L. Waldo, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, FAACP

Fact Sheet

The Silver Book: Atrial Fibrillation fact sheet

Date: February 1st, 2013

Atrial fibrillation impacts between 2.7 and 6.1 million adults and can lead to stroke, heart failure, dementia, disability, and death. It also costs a tremendous amount of money--at least $6.65 billion each year. This latest factsheet from The Silver Book brings the leading data on the burden of the disease and the value of innovation to reduce that burden, all into one place.

Fact Sheet

The Silver Book: Healthcare-Associated Infections Factsheet

Date: July 22nd, 2013

Every year more than 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).  Around 99,000 people die from their infection and the cost to U.S. hospitals alone is estimated at $28.4 to $45 billion annually.  These numbers are only going to grow as the rate of infection rises and more and more develop resistance to antibiotics.  This fact sheet paints a comprehensive picture of the growing burden of healthcare-associated infections, and the value of innovation in helping to reduce that burden.


The Silver Book: Infectious Diseases and Prevention through Vaccination

Date: December 5th, 2013

The Silver Book® provides the latest statistics on the prevalence of infectious diseases that disproportionately affect seniors such as pneumonia, influenza (“flu”), and herpes zoster (“shingles”). Seniors are more susceptible to developing a significant illness from these common infectious diseases, which too often lead to hospitalization, severe complications, and death. In fact, the death rate from pneumonia and influenza combined is close to 130 times higher in people age 85 and older, compared to people ages 45 to 54. This increased risk due to age is even higher than that seen in heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other leading causes of death.

Public Comments

Letter to Senate Finance Committee Regarding Multiple Chronic Condition Legislation

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: June 22nd, 2015

This is a letter from the Alliance to the Senate Finance Committee applauding its "commitment to improving care for people living with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and appreciate the opportunity to assist the Senate Finance Committee in developing comprehensive MCC legislation."

Public Comments

AFib Healthy People 2020 Letter

Author: AFib Optimal Treatment Task Force

Date: November 13th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research led AFib Optimal Treatment Task Force submitted a letter to the CDC commenting on the agency's Healthy People 2020 goals. The letter recommended:

  • The CDC should add Afib as a modifiable risk factor for stroke
  • The CDC address the under anticoagulation of older AFib patients as an emerging issue in heart disease and stroke

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