The American College of Cardiology is committed to empowering patients to help them make informed health decisions. The college has created a decision aid for people with atrial fibrillation about whether to use blood thinners
. In addition, it has created tools for heart failure
and heart valve replacement
For each decision aid, experts conduct a complete review of the studies and treatments for a condition. Afterward, they sum up the information to help you and your clinician choose the best course based on your values and needs.
Stakeholders in the process, including patients, caregivers and clinicians, review the tools to make sure the content is accurate, unbiased and understandable.