The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood continues to lead the way in advanced cardiac care with the opening of the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is a condition characterized by irregular or rapid heartbeat—and it’s on the rise. More than 2.7 million people in the U.S. live with AFib, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There’s hope to reverse this trend with a comprehensive treatment approach.
“The new center introduces a total patient management approach to AFib versus a silo approach focused on ablation techniques only,” explains Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director of Electrophysiology at Valley and Medical Director for the new Center. Funded by a generous gift to The Valley Hospital Foundation, the Snyder Center is equipped with the latest technology for the treatment of AFib in a setting that emphasizes multidisciplinary patient evaluation and comprehensive follow-up.
“The generous donors are long-time supporters who care very much for Valley and people who use the hospital,” says Anastasios Kozaitis, President of The Valley Hospital Foundation. “They have a deep passion for supporting leading-edge programs so everyone has the advantage of best-in-class medical care.”
Patients with AFib who are seen at Valley’s Snyder Center will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team including electrophysiologists and specialists in imaging, cardiology, pulmonology, nutrition, diabetes education and stress management. “We will identify health issues that contribute to AFib—such as stress, hypertension, sleep apnea and obesity,” Dr. Mittal says. Navigators and coordinators will guide patients through the entire care continuum.
A comprehensive follow-up program will evaluate the impact of the different technologies for ablation. “We hope to track changes in the patient’s condition, assess catalysts for AFib and close the loop for patients,” Dr. Mittal says. This effort requires a dedicated team of researchers including an advanced nurse practitioner and research coordinators.
Dr. Mittal’s vision for the Center involves treating the patient as a whole and considering all factors contributing to disease. The downstream impact of AFib can lead to permanent and disabling conditions such as congestive heart failure and stroke, he says. The Snyder Center moves away from a crisis management approach in favor of a value-based approach that emphasizes the overall health of patients.
Valley’s cardiac program is an affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute. For more information about the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation, or to make an appointment for an evaluation, please call 201-447-8392.