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Evidence-Based, Patient-Centric, Team-Directed Healthcare for Patients with AFib

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director of Electrophysiology at The Valley Hospital and Medical Director, the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation

When it comes to successfully treating atrial fibrillation (AFib), collaboration is proving to be more crucial than ever.  
Atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat, can lead to blood clots and is associated with a higher incidence of stroke and heart failure. Today, more than 2.7 million people in the U.S. live with AFib, and that number is expected to double by 2050. Guidelines on the management of AFib released this summer by the European Society of Cardiology and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery suggest that a comprehensive treatment approach may help curb this trend.
We were excited to see that the integrative approach we practice here at Valley aligns with the recommendations being laid out by clinical organizations around the world. Our team believes in the total patient management approach. Rather than focusing solely on ablation techniques as a treatment option, our team works with patients to ensure appropriate use of anticoagulation medication and address other contributing health issues such as stress, hypertension, sleep apnea and obesity.  
At the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation, patients receive individualized care from a multispecialty team in a setting that emphasizes comprehensive patient evaluation and follow-up. The team is comprised of electrophysiologists and specialists in imaging, cardiology, pulmonology, nutrition, diabetes education and stress management. Navigators and coordinators guide patients through the entire care continuum.
In the past, treatment guidelines focused on outlining medication recommendations for specific AFib patients. The new guidelines, on the other hand, are centered on early diagnosis, stroke prevention and improving the patient’s quality of life. For patients, this could mean having a diagnostic targeted electrocardiogram screening, taking oral anticoagulation medication to reduce stroke risk or undergoing a catheter ablation procedure if antiarrhythmic drugs are deemed undesirable or ineffective.
It is important to understand that there is no single cause of atrial fibrillation, and in at least 10 percent of cases, no underlying heart disease is found. Thankfully, more options to treat atrial fibrillation are available now than ever before.


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