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The American Heart Association has announced grants totaling more than $28 million to create a research network comprising six centers focused on understanding the causes of atrial fibrillation (AFib).

The network will include the Cleveland Clinic, where a $5 million gift from Sarah Soter, who suffers from AFib, and her husband, Bill, has established the Sarah Ross Soter Center for AFib. In addition, two grants were awarded to create Decision-Making and Choices to Inform Dialogue and Empower AFib patients (DECIDE) Centers — the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) – AHA DECIDE Center at the University of Utah, supported by a $2.75 million investment from PCORI; and the Joe and Linda Chlapaty DECIDE Center at Stanford University, funded by a $5 million gift from the Chlapatys. The couple also gave an additional $500,000 in support of collaborative research across all six centers.

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