Nagib T. Chalfoun MD FHRS FACC
Senior Academic Advisor, Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, Spectrum Health/Michigan State University
Associate Professor of Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Up to 25% of strokes are cryptogenic strokes (CS). Atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heart rhythm, is believed to be the cause of up to 30% of CS strokes. This creates an imperative for cardiologists and neurologists, and their support staff, to collaborate on proper identification of AF among our patients. Spectrum Health has developed a multi-disciplinary approach, utilizing prolonged cardiac rhythm monitoring to ensure patients are appropriately diagnosed with AF, and thus lowering their risk of experiencing another stroke. The initiative has streamlined workflows, increased efficiencies, and most importantly, improved patient outcomes.