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Critical Pathways in Cardiology: A Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/HPC.0b013e318217ee95
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Society of Chest Pain Centers Atrial Fibrillation: A Growing Concern We Can Help!

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Healthcare providers and administrators know that atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is quickly becoming an epidemic in the United States. A-fib has become recognized as a cardiac health concern that in some cases can lead to stroke and possible heart failure. There are currently more than 2 million cases in the United States with 160,000 new cases annually. It is projected that 5.6 million people will become A-fib patients by the year 2050. The current cost of hospitalization care is $6.65 billion dollars and 73% of this cost is related to inpatient stays. A-fib is the most common type of arrhythmia and accounts for 70% of all arrhythmia admissions.

The risk of developing A-fib increases with age and affects both men and women. As the aging population grows in size, the incidence and cost related to A-fib care will grow as well. The Society of Chest Pain Centers is aware of this growing concern and has taken the necessary steps to further its mission to reduce cardiac-related deaths.

The Society is an established leader in accreditation and education, and has developed an A-fib certification program based on the same process improvement principles that made chest pain center and heart failure accreditation so successful. The set of processes for treating A-fib patients is viewed as a component of a facility which has already successfully achieved chest pain center accreditation. A-fib certification provides the tools to analyze and compare facility practices with clinical guidelines and standards.

This program is designed to help currently accredited Chest Pain Centers:

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* Improve quality outcomes

* Provide a competitive advantage

* Demonstrate the facility's continuing commitment to its patients and the community.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers acknowledges the following organizations for their expertise and collaboration in developing the criteria used for A-fib Certification: American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American College of Cardiovascular Nurses (ACCN), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

To learn more, visit our Website (http://www.scpcp.org/certifications/afib/) or contact the Society offices at 1–877–271–4176 or 614–442–5950.

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