Effective treatment of atrial fibrillation can be complex. It involves addressing lifestyle contributors, treating underlying conditions like sleep apnea and high blood pressure, medications and possibly procedures. We believe the most effective treatment plan is developed with a patient’s active involvement, taking their personal preferences and beliefs into account. This process is called shared decision making and puts patients at the center of their care.
One example of shared decision making in AFib surrounds anticoagulation, or avoiding blood clots.
During the shared decision making process, clinicians will review stroke risk with patients and educate them about
treatment options to reduce risk. Options include…
The patient and provider will also discuss side effects and risk associated with each treatment option. The provider will take the time to learn about your lifestyle and personal preferences. Together, you determine which treatment
option works best for you given your goals and desires.
Shared decision making is not limited to determining the best options for stroke risk reduction. It is a powerful tool that can be used at every step along the way in the management and treatment of AFib.
Visit The Scoop next week when we’ll discuss another helpful topic for AFib patients.