Sentara joins alliance to improve irregular heartbeat care
Sentara Healthcare has joined forces with four of the nation’s top heart treatment centers and a leading patient advocacy organization to form the National Alliance of Integrated Afib Centers (NAIAC). These organizations will join forces to combat a growing and life threatening condition called atrial fibrillation. Also known as Afib or arrhythmia, this cardiac condition affects nearly 5.1 million people in the U.S., a number that could rise to 15.9 million by 2050. By working together, NAIAC members will improve the care delivered and enhance the quality of life for Afib patients.
NAIAC will connect Afib patients with the closest center of excellence for treatment to ensure the highest standard of care, and will provide additional educational support about their many options. The highest standard of care means that an individual is treated by a cardiothoracic surgeon who works closely with an electrophysiologist, a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm disorders, as well as a patient care coordinator. The health care team, along with the involvement of the patient, will design the best treatment care plan tailored to the patient’s individual needs.
Sentara cardiothoracic surgeon, Jonathan Philpott, M.D., serves as the president of NAIAC. “As an Afib patient, I can personally and professionally say that we must improve the quality of care for irregular heartbeat patients,” says Philpott. “Utilizing our collective resources and expertise, NAIAC will help Afib patients better understand their condition and treatment options in order to attain a much higher quality of life.”
NAIAC’s founding members include:
- Sentara Heart Hospital – Norfolk, Va.
- Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute – Los Angeles, Calif.
- St. Helena Arrhythmia Center – Napa Valley, Calif.
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Bridgeport, Conn.
- Orlando Health Heart Institute – Orlando, Fla.