Could the heart team approach act as the new standard for CV care?

02/25/2013

The heart team concept is at the heart of modern cardiovascular care, according to a new paper published Feb. 25 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The paper highlights the balanced and complementary approach to patient care offered by the Heart Team as a result of joint and shared decision making among multi-disciplinary stakeholders. “Decision making has evolved over time,” said ACC President William Zoghbi, MD, FACC, co-author of the paper. “Many years ago, when options were limited to either medical or surgical, clinical decisions were relatively simpler and the Heart Team was smaller and more cohesive. With the introduction of catheter-based approaches in addition to surgery, we became more siloed. As choices and treatments are now more complex, we need to rekindle the Heart Team approach: a collective input and wisdom from a complement of medical, surgical and interventional experts is needed for optimal decision making. This team approach, inclusive of shared-decision making with patients, is at the crux of patient-centered care.” Read more on the ACC in Touch Blog.

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