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Case Clinic: A 67-Year-Old White Male Patient With Atrial Fibrillation Risk Factors

Case Clinic: A 67-Year-Old White Male Patient With Atrial Fibrillation Risk Factors

Format

Patient Case Study

Time to Complete

30 minutes

Released

January 31, 2019

Expires

January 31, 2020
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Maximum Credits

0.50 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Accredited Provider


Provided by the Heart Rhythm Society

Charles Vega, MD, FAAFP, has received honoraria and/or consulting fees from and is a speaker and/or consultant for Johnson & Johnson and Shire Pharmaceuticals.

HRS’ physician content reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Supporter

Supported by an educational grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Alliance.

Producer

Produced by Haymarket Medical Education

Program Description

The most common cardiac arrythymia seen in clinical practice, atrial fibrillation (AF) is a leading cause of stroke, heart failure, cardiovascular morbidity, and sudden death. Diagnosis can be challenging, and many affected individuals have no symptoms. It is essential that the prevalence of undiagnosed AF be understood and appropriately addressed because individuals with the condition are at increased risk of developing—and dying from—stroke.

This Case Clinic centers on the evaluation of a 67-year-old male patient with asymptomatic AF diagnosed at a routine wellness visit. Evidence-based strategies for addressing stroke risk in this patient will be presented, and strategies for implementing individualized anticoagulation therapy will be explored.

Intended Audience

This curriculum is designed for primary care physicians, allied healthcare professionals (eg, nurse practitioners and physician assistants), and cardiologists involved in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Educational Objectives

After completing the activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Describe the potential benefits of identifying patients with previously undiagnosed asymptomatic atrial fibrillation
  • Implement effective, evidence-based stroke-prevention protocols for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation

Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Policies

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, HRS requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. HRS resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities.

Furthermore, HRS seeks to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing medical education (CME) activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. HRS is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities that promote improvements in healthcare and not those of a commercial interest.

Faculty

Charles Vega, MD, FAAFP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
UC Irvine Department of Family Medicine
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Irvine, CA

Dr. Vega has received honoraria and/or consulting fees from and is a speaker and/or consultant for Johnson & Johnson and Shire Pharmaceuticals.

HRS’ physician content reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accredited Provider Disclosure

The staff of HRS and HME involved in the planning and content review of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Credit

0.50

Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

HRS designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM .  Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This activity may include presentations in which presenters may discuss off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments not yet FDA-approved. Participants should note that the use of products outside currently FDA-approved labeling should be considered experimental and are advised to consult current prescribing information for FDA-approved indications.

Faculty, speakers, presenters, authors, activity medical directors, and moderators are required to disclose to the learners when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA-approved) as well as any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion.

Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the Heart Rhythm Society, Haymarket Medical Education, or the Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Alliance. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Instructions

To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.

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