Atrial fibrillation clinical guidelines and resources

Atrial fibrillation resources for health professionals, including clinical guidelines and tools and information for patients.

Clinical guidelines and tools

2018 CSANZ atrial fibrillation guideline

The 2018 guidelines for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation were developed by the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) and the National Heart Foundation of Australia.
The guidelines are endorsed by:

  • The Stroke Foundation
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS)
  • The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
  • The Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia (CRANA)
  • Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) 
Download the guidelines

Guideline algorithms

The below tables and algorithms appear in the 2018 AF guidelines.

2020 European Society of Cardiology AF guidelines

2020 ESC Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation developed in collaboration with the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS): The Task Force for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Developed with the special contribution of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the ESC.

Download the guideline

Atrial fibrillation webinar

The Heart Foundation and the Goodfellow Unit hosted a free webinar on Strategies for identifying and managing atrial fibrillation. Presented by cardiologist-electrophysiologist Dr Andrew Martin, the webinar focused on three key areas.

  • Awareness
  • Detection
  • Protection
Watch the webinar

Resources for patients

Booklet on Staying well with atrial fibrillation

The Heart Foundation has developed a 30-page booklet for people living with atrial fibrillation and their whānau. It is available as a PDF or in hard copy.

Download the PDFOrder a copy from our website

Pulse checks – A5 flyer

A flyer which explains to patients how to take their pulse and when to seek further advice from a doctor or nurse.

Download the PDF

Pacemaker pamphlet

A pamphlet explaining what's involved in getting a pacemaker and how it might affect a person’s lifestyle.

Available as a PDF or in hard copy.

Download the pamplet

Website information

There is a dedicated atrial fibrillation section on our website for people living with AF and their families. It includes information on diagnosis and treatment, the emotional impact of AF, and living well with the condition.

Visit our AF page

We also have a page explaining heart rate and pulse checks, and a video on how to take a pulse.

Atrial fibrillation YouTube playlist

We have a playlist of 13 videos about atrial fibrillation for people living with the condition. These videos include information on:

  • diagnosis and treatment
  • the emotional impact of AF and related depression and anxiety
  • exercising with AF
  • living with AF
  • and top tips for managing the condition.

The videos are presented by a GP, health psychologist, exercise physiologist and someone living with atrial fibrillation, giving a range of different views on AF.

View our YouTube playlist