Atrial Fibrillation: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Patient Outcomes by N. A. Mark Estes III MD ; Albert L. Waldo, MD, PhD - Cardiology eBooks from Cardiotext Publishing

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Atrial Fibrillation: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Patient Outomes

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Atrial Fibrillation: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Patient Outcomes, provides a current and comprehensive update on path physiology, epidemiology, management strategies of rate control, pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches to rhythm control, risk stratification for stroke and bleeding, anticoagulant therapy, and left atrial occlusion devices. The contributions by experienced internists, cardiologists, electrophysiologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, internists, nurse practitioners, and nurse educators provide a unique perspective. Case studies of paroxysmal, persistent, and permanent atrial provide clinical context incorporating recent evidence and best practices for the multidisciplinary approach to improving patient outcomes.


From the Foreword:


“The physician is inundated with information, and needs all of this to be reduced and summarized in a readable form. This cannot be done simply by technical editing because it involves real expertise to pick the “jewels for the crown.” This has been accomplished so well by the authors who have contributed to this book. The result is a gem a source of enlightenment for all the many clinicians who care for patients suffering from this ubiquitous arrhythmia. I read it from cover to cover in about three hours, and learned much which is new and useful to my practice. It is the best small book that I know dealing with this big subject.


A. John Camm, MD

Table of Contents


Section 1 - Atrial Fibrillation: Background, Evaluation, and Management


1.  Classification and Epidemiology of Atrial Fibrillation

Faisal Rahman, Emelia J. Benjamin

2.  Clinical Evaluation of the Atrial Fibrillation Patient

Jennifer Cruz, Paul Dorian  

3.  Rhythm Management: Making the Choice Between Rate and Rhythm Control

D. George Wyse, Laurie Burland

4.  Rhythm Control: Cardioversion and Antiarrhythmic Agents

Shameer Ahmed, Gerald V. Naccarelli

5.  Strategies of Rate Control

Jonathon Weinstock

6.  Non-pharmacologic Approaches to Rhythm Control - Ablation

Michael P. Riley, Andrew E. Epstein

7.  Hybrid Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: Thoracscopic and Catheter Ablation of AF

Laurent Pison, Mark La Meir

8.  Left Atrial Appendage Excision, Ligation and Occlusion Devices

Taral K. Patel, Bradley P. Knight

9.  Atrial Fibrillation: A Surgical Approach to Improving Patient Outcomes

Christopher P. Lawrance, Ralph J. Damiano, Jr.


Section 2 - Multidisciplinary Team Approach to the Care of the Atrial Fibrillation Patient


10. Anesthesia Care for the Atrial Fibrillation Patient: Cardioversion and AF Ablation

Alfred J. Albano, Zachary Camann, Michael England

11. The Role of the Pharmacist

Erika Felix-Getzik, Ann C. Garlitski

12. The Physicians Role in the Management of the Atrial Fibrillation Patient: Role of the Primary Care Physician and Cardiologist

Brian J. Cohen, Mark S. Link

13. The Nurse Practitioner’s Role in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Maureen Abbott, Munther Homoud

14. Shared Decision Making for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: Patient Preferences and Decision Aids

Aileen M. Ferrick


Section 3 - Case Studies


15. Case Study: Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

Mohamed Aljaabari, Angelo Fransesquini, Lisa Contis

16. Case Study: Should All Patients be Anticoagulated after Ablation for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

Mustafa M. Dohadwala, Cynthia Enright

17. Case Study: Permanent Atrial Fibrillation     

Yousef Bader, Diane Grogan


Cardiovascular Team Approach Series

Cardiovascular Team Approach Series focuses on the interprofessional team approach for the management and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

  • Highlights the complementary roles of the physician/nurse team as well as the contributions of other disciplines.
  • Provides an international and global perspective on the management of cardiovascular disorders


Volume Editors:


N. A. Mark Estes III MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusett

Albert l. Waldo MD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio


Series Editors-in-chief:


Joseph Alpert, MD, University of Arizona Health Science Network, Tucson, Arizona
Lynne T. Braun, PhD, CNP, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois
Gerald Fletcher, MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Florida
Barbara Fletcher, RN, MN, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida





Over the years, extensive research on atrial fibrillation (AF) has broadened

our understanding of every aspect of this condition. This has led to

implementation of numerous novel diagnostic and therapeutic modalities

for its management.

This book presents a comprehensive, evidence-based, and clinically

oriented perspective of the multidisciplinary care of patients with AF. Both

editors are internationally recognized electrophysiologists with multiple

publications focused on cardiac rhythm problems and AF, specifically.




The purpose is to provide broad knowledge about and practical insights

into the current state of the multidisciplinary clinical approach to the

management of patients with AF.




This book will be useful for a wide range of healthcare professionals

involved in the care of these patients, including internists, family

physicians, general cardiologists, anesthesiologists, cardiothoracic

surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and

trainees or researchers in related fields.




The book starts with several chapters on the background, evaluation, and

management of AF. Then, it covers the multidisciplinary team approach to

the care of AF patients with specific chapters on the role of

anesthesiologists, pharmacists, physicians, and nurse practitioners. The

book ends with several real-world case studies. Some chapters consist of

information and instructions on how to incorporate software and online

tools into the management of these patients.




The majority of the books in this field focus on the approach to AF from a

physician's perspective. The unique aspect of this book is its

multidisciplinary perspective. Such a multidisciplinary approach is an

essential part of current healthcare delivery. Consistent with this approach,

this book includes contributions of scholars from a wide range medical

professions and specialties. Case studies and clinical pearls help readers

translate scientific information into clinical practice more efficiently. In

contrast to much of the literature in this field, this book uses simple

language, which makes it accessible to readers who are not physicians.