Dr Jocasta Ball

Institute: Australian Catholic University
Category: Health Services
Current Project

Developing a targeted screening program for the detection of unknown atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder and a significant cause of illness, disability and even death. 

AF increases the risk of stroke five-fold, heart failure three-fold and doubles the risk of death. 

Patients typically experience palpitations in their chest (a “fluttering” feeling), dizziness and tiredness but about one third of individuals will…

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Current Project

Improving health outcomes in atrial fibrillation via optimal management

The overarching aim of this research is to enhance individual evaluation of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) to more accurately identify clinical requirements and direct management.

To achieve this, we aim to develop novel AF-specific assessment tools - one to evaluate self-care practices and one to evaluate risk and management needs.

Currently,…

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