Atrial Fibrillation

AFib Resources

75% of our members are managing patients with atrial fibrillation, which makes sense given that up to 12.0% of adults between the ages of 75-84 have atrial fibrillation. We hope the following resources are helpful in your practice.

Graphic Handout: AFib and Stroke

Afib Graphic Handout

Afib Infographic for Patient

We have developed this infographic based on the results of a survey of PCNA nurses designed was to better understand how nurses identify patients who may be at risk for Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation (NVAF). The health care provider side of the infographic provides important facts about NVAF, its risk factors, signs and symptoms.

We hope this tool will help nurses as they prepare to engage patients in an educational dialogue about this highly prevalent condition and ways to reduce their risk of stroke in the presence of NVAF.

Ways to use the graphic handout:
  • Share as part of the clinical visit on an iPad, tablet or desktop, helping to guide your conversation with patients for whom visual imagery is most impactful. 
  • Print the infographic into a poster for use in the exam room or other clinic setting.  
  • Include in electronic communication with patients potentially at risk for AFib, such as in emails or patient portal notifications, allowing patients to consider potential risk factors prior to speaking with you.

Presentation Slides: Scope of the Problem

Atrial Fibrillation: Scope of the Problem
This presentation is designed for health professionals to use as a disease awareness talk on atrial fibrillation (AFib).

The slides:
  • Review the incidence and prognosis of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Identify the types of AFib, clinical assessment, important consideration in managing the patient with non-valvular AFib
  • Outline the components of a comprehensive approach to patient education and shared decision making.


Afib supplement: Emerging epidemic
This series of articles is designed to guide and support the clinical practice of those managing patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia in the United States. Since the prevalence of AF increases with age, the incidence and prevalence of AF are projected to rise steadily from 2010 to 2030. Evidence-based care of the patient with AF is necessarily complex in these patients who often have a number of comorbidities. 

An Emerging Epidemic

Pathophysiology of Atrial Fibrillation

Clinical Management of the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation

Reducing Cardioembolic Risk in the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation

The Key role of Patient as Partner

Download all five articles

Interactive Tool - Living with AFib: The Beat Goes On

AFib Interactive Tool
This interactive version of The Beat Goes On: Living With AFib may be used in either clinical settings or accessed by patients and their families and caregivers at home. In addition to embedded videos that describe AFib as well as stress tests and more, the book also can be aloud for the visually impaired or those who prefer audio learning. The book also includes: 
  • Full-color illustrations
  • Interactive checklists
  • Individualized medication worksheets
  • Self-care instructions
The booklet is available in English.

You will need to log in to view the tool and to learn the URL for you to share with your patients. 



Living with AFib: The Beat Goes On
The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association has developed an atrial fibrillation patient handout for your use. Join as a member today to take advantage of member pricing.

This 14-page booklet is intended for health care providers to use when counseling their patients at risk for atrial fibrillation (AFib). The teaching tool provides information about what AFib is, why it is a problem, tests, types, and what patients can do to live a full life with AFib. 

It is our hope that this booklet will educate patients and empower them to take control of their AFib by making healthy lifestyle choices, checking their pulse daily, taking medicine correctly, reducing stress, and understanding AFib.

Free to download  $0 members/$80 non-members
50 booklets per order
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Free to download  $0 members/$80 non-members
50 booklets per order 
Free to download   

Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any printed materials.