Dr. Patricia Keegan, nurse practitioner and director of the Structural Heart Program at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia, reviews the importance of early diagnosis and prompt referral to a valve center to improve health outcomes for those with aortic valve disease. Dr. Keegan describes the decision-making that goes into treatment decisions, including expanding indications for treatment, treatment challenges, and the impact of ongoing clinical trials. She discusses the paradigm shifts in treatment based on staging of aortic stenosis like the staging of cancers. She highlights clinical guideline recommendations to refer those with severe valvular heart disease to a multidisciplinary heart valve team and heart valve center and the science behind these recommendations. Aortic stenosis team-based care and the role of nurses in patient education and shared decision-making with patients and their caregivers is also reviewed.
The four-video series may be viewed in any order. Other videos include:
- Review the importance of prompt diagnosis, referral, and treatment of aortic stenosis for improved quality of life.
- Discuss current paradigms shift in approach to the treatment of aortic stenosis.
- Describe the role of team-based care and referrals to valve centers and specialists.
- Explain how shared-decision making is applied to the care of patients with aortic stenosis.
- Patricia Keegan DNP, NP-C, FACC
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