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Apply to be part of Atrial Fibrilation Study

Recruits wanted for new Atrial Fibrillation Study!

Researchers undertaking a new study in Australia would like to hear your views about the possibility of undergoing genetic testing for the heart condition Atrial Fibrillation.

Study name: Consumer Perspectives on Atrial Fibrillation and Genetic Diagnosis

Researchers from the University of Melbourne are trying to find out what matters to people when considering genetic testing for Atrial Fibrillation diagnosis and management.

Study outline

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition in which the top chambers of your heart (the atria) beat fast and irregularly. This can stop the heart from working properly. If left untreated, it can increase the risk of serious health problems, such as stroke, heart failure or early death. A person's genetic makeup can influence the likelihood of whether or not AF will occur. However genetic testing to look for gene changes that influence AF risk is not currently performed. Our researchers are hoping to develop a new genetic test that might help detect signs of the disease or risk factors for the development of future health problems. We need your help to identify what questions and concerns people may have when deciding whether to undertake genetic testing for AF if such a test was available

This study is sponsored by the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

What’s Involved

Participants will participate in online focus group discussions to identify what matters when they think about having a genetic test for AF.

Recruitment criteria:
• 18 years and over
• Speak English
• Live in Australia
• With or without a heart condition

Applications for recruitment has now closed.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

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