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Patient-centered treatment in atrial fibrillation

Cox, Mary C., PA-C; Gulati, Vijay K., MD

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: December 2016 - Volume 29 - Issue 12 - p 1–4
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000508218.48066.7f
Review Article

ABSTRACT Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and clinicians treating them are faced with innumerable management choices. Minimizing thromboembolic events and strokes related to AF is paramount. Estimating the risks with the various therapies is important for optimal therapy. Also, patients must choose a rate control or a rhythm control strategy. With so many options, clinical presentations, and patient desires, patients with AF are rarely treated identically. This allows for shared decision-making and patient-centered care.

At the time this article was written, Mary C. Cox was a student in the PA program at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. Vijay K. Gulati is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and an interventional and general cardiologist and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-St. Margaret. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2016 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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