Curtis Speaks on Atrial Fibrillation at World Congress on Heart Disease – Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Anne B. Curtis, MD, receives a plaque in honor of giving the opening plenary lecture at the 22nd World Congress of Heart Disease in Vancouver. Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school, is at right, and Asher Kimchi, MD, founder and chairman of the International Academy of Cardiology, is at left.

Anne
B. Curtis, MD
, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Charles and
Mary Bauer Professor and chair of the Department of
Medicine
, gave the opening plenary lecture at the International
Academy of Cardiology’s 22nd World
Congress on Heart Disease
.

Michael
E. Cain, MD
, vice president for health sciences and dean of the
medical school, introduced Curtis and served as chair for the
lecture.

Talk Emphasizes Improving Care for Atrial Fibrillation

The presentation by Curtis, “Improvement in Quality of
Care for Atrial Fibrillation in Get With the Guidelines —
Atrial Fibrillation,” was the 11th H.J.C. Swan Memorial
Lecture.

“One of the most devastating
consequences of atrial fibrillation (AF) is stroke, the risk of
which can be greatly reduced if patients take anticoagulants (blood
thinners),” Curtis says. “While practice guidelines
recommend anticoagulation in patients with risk factors for stroke,
too many patients are not treated appropriately.”

Get With the Guidelines Atrial Fibrillation
(GWTG-AFIB) is an initiative of the American Heart Association. It
began in 2013 to improve the quality of care for patients with
AF.

Anticoagulation Therapy Decreases Possibility of Stroke

The goal of GWTG-AFIB is to collect data on patients admitted to
the hospital with AF, collect information on their history and
current treatment, and then document whether they are being treated
with all guideline-recommended therapies, including
anticoagulation.

In analyzing data on 22,514 AF admissions from 2013-2016…

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