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By Martin LeBoutillier, III, MD, Cardiovascular Surgeon,
and Hope Helfeld, DO, Cardiologist
Being aware of the rapidly changing science and technology behind treatment of AF, and in keeping with the recommendations of the consensus statements, we have initiated a multidisciplinary center within The Chester County Hospital for the collaborative treatment of AF.
The Center for Atrial Fibrillation will bring together nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and physicians from Cardiology, Electrophysiology, and Cardiovascular Surgery in creating a center where patients may be evaluated, and recommendations made for treatment based on current evidence based best practice guidelines. The staff involved in the Center will be expert, not only in their knowledge of the current guidelines, but also in their understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and prognosis of the different types of AF, the relevant medications with all associated risks and contraindications, and especially the risks and benefits of all available ablation techniques.
Importantly, as treatment strategies evolve, patients will always have access to up-to-date management protocols through the Center. These recommendations will be shared with the patient's primary care provider as well as their cardiologist so that a management plan may be implemented. In the majority of patients continuing on with medical therapy, that therapy would continue to be managed by the patient's referring physician. In the event the patient is a candidate for catheter or surgical ablation, that treatment could be provided at The Chester County Hospital, with the significant involvement of the referring physicians.
In the end, the Center will be able to recommend and help provide the best current treatment, individualized for each patient, in collaboration with that patient's physicians.
Call 1-866-218-6636 to learn more about The Chester County Hospital's Center for Atrial Fibrillation.
This article was originally published in Synapse (Summer 2008) - the Hospital's magazine.
Last Updated: 7/17/2009