AFib Program Helps Hospitals to Better Treat Patients
Dallas, TX - Healthcare providers have a new tool to help identify and better treat people with atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Enrollment is open for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB. This hospital-based program helps providers develop treatment plans that help reduce risks for AFib patients. Those treatments include the safe use and monitoring of blood thinners to prevent stroke and heart-rate controlling medications to prevent heart failure.
Nearly 3 million Americans suffer from atrial fibrillation. With more people expected to suffer from the condition as the population ages, healthcare providers are hoping the new program will improve outcomes and reduce treatment costs.
“Better control of atrial fibrillation is likely to reduce readmission for heart failure patients,” said William R. Lewis, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines-AFIB work group and chief of clinical cardiology for MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. “Get With The Guidelines has been shown to reduce the cost of treating patients with stroke and heart failure, as well as to improve adherence to anticoagulation guidelines in the stroke module.”
AFib accounts for one-third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbance. Patients with AFib are five times more likely to suffer a stroke and have a higher risk for blood clots, heart failure and other heart-related complications.
Studies have shown that blood-thinning medications coupled with appropriate patient monitoring is key to controlling the risk of stroke in patients with AFib. In six major placebo-controlled trials, the common blood thinner warfarin reduced stroke 68 percent compared to a placebo. Continue>
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