RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- When it comes to successfully treating atrial fibrillation -- also known as AFib -- collaboration in care is more crucial than ever.
Atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat, can cause blood clots, stroke and heart failure, affecting more than 2.7 million Americans. With that number poised to double by 2050, research has suggested 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," said Dr. Suneet Mittal, director of Electrophysiology at The Valley Hospital and medical director at the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation. "Rather than focusing solely on ablation techniques as a treatment option, our team works 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 multi-specialty team in a comprehensive setting. 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. Today, new guidelines focus on early diagnosis, stroke prevention and improving the patient’s quality of life. For some, this can mean having a diagnostic targeted electrocardiogram screening, taking oral anticoagulation medication to reduce stroke risk or other preventative measures.
"It's 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," said Mittal. "Thankfully, more options to treat atrial fibrillation are available now than ever before."
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