Transition of care to prevent recurrence after acute coronary syndrome: the critical role of the primary care provider and pharmacist.

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Summary of "Transition of care to prevent recurrence after acute coronary syndrome: the critical role of the primary care provider and pharmacist."

Despite therapeutic advances, patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are at an increased long-term risk of recurrent cardiovascular events. This risk continues to rise as the number of associated comorbidities, often observed in patients presenting with ACS, increases. Such a level of clinical complexity can lead to gaps in care and subsequently worse outcomes. Guidelines recommend providing an evidence-based post-discharge plan to prevent readmission and recurrent ACS, including cardiac rehabilitation, medication, patient/caregiver education, and ongoing follow-up. A patient-centric multidisciplinary approach is critical for the effective management of the transition of care from acute care in the hospital setting to the outpatient care setting in patients with ACS. Ongoing communication between in-hospital and outpatient healthcare providers ensures that the transition is smooth. Primary care providers and pharmacists have a pivotal role to play in the effective management of transitions of care in patients with ACS. Guideline recommendations regarding the post-discharge care of patients with ACS and the role of the primary care provider and the pharmacist in the management of transitions of care will be reviewed.


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Name: Postgraduate medicine
ISSN: 1941-9260
Pages: 1-7


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