HTA is multi-disciplinary field of policy analysis that examines the medical, economic, social and ethical implications of the incremental value, diffusion and use of a health technology in health care.
The term Health Technology refers to application of organised knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of life.
Atrial fibrillation is a common heart disease involving electrical disturbances in the atria (the top two chambers) of the heart, which can reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently. Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (atrial fibrillation that does not involve the heart valves) is the most common form of atrial fibrillation and can lead to stroke. To […]
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia seen in general practice and is associated with a five-fold increase in the risk of stroke. Strokes related to atrial fibrillation are also more severe, with twice the death rate of non-AF related strokes and greater functional deficits for those who do survive. Irish data suggest that almost […]
This report evaluates the current state of evidence regarding effectiveness and harms of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) with a focus on longer-term outcomes and evidence relevant to the Medicare population. Using predefined criteria, randomized trials and observational studies comparing the efficacy, effectiveness, or safety of catheter ablation (radiofrequency or cryoballoon ablation) to medical therapy […]