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Program Detail

Release Date: March-12-13
Credit Expiration Date: March-12-14

Faculty

Rohit R. Arora, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP, FSCAI
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Chairman of Cardiology
Vice Chairman of Medicine
Associate Chairman of Medicine for Research
The Chicago Medical School
Chicago, IL

Joseph L. Blackshear, MD
Professor of Medicine
Department of Cardiology
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL

Francis Marchlinski, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Cardiovascular Medicine Division
Philadelphia, PA
 

Credit Hours

0.75

Medium

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Program Description

Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk for stroke 4- to 5-fold, doubles the risk for dementia, triples the risk for heart failure, and increases the risk for overall mortality by 40% to 90%. AF is also an independent risk factor for stroke recurrence. The National Stroke Association emphasizes the importance of stroke prevention in patients with AF, noting that patients with AF tend to experience more serious strokes than those who do not have AF. Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) and antiplatelet agents have been mainstays of stroke prevention therapy and have been shown to reduce the risk of stroke by 65% and 22%, respectively. However, the increasing prevalence of AF and its associated morbidity, mortality, diminished quality of life, and high health care costs have spurred development of new therapies for stroke prevention in AF and reduction of AF-related complications.

Cardiologists, internists, and other clinicians play a vital role in improving the management of AF to reduce serious health consequences. This activity will outline risk assessment strategies and examine appropriate anticoagulant options for specific types of patients.

Program Developer/Facilitator

Temple University School of Medicine and MCM Education

Target Audience

Cardiologists, internists, and other clinicians who are involved in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients with atrial fibrillation.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Determine when a patient with AF is at risk for stroke using evidence-based risk scoring assessments.
  2. Identify the major barriers that are causing patients with AF to receive suboptimal anticoagulation.

Disclosures

It is the policy of Temple University School of Medicine; The Albert J. Finestone, MD Office for Continuing Medical Education to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored or jointly sponsored educational programs. All faculty, program planning committee members, and Temple University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education staff participating in programs sponsored or jointly sponsored by Temple University School of Medicine are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentation(s).

Planning committee members have no financial relationships to disclose.

The information presented in this CME program represents the views and opinions of the individual contributors, and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by, Temple University School of Medicine, Temple University Health System or its affiliates. Reasonable efforts have been taken intending for educational subject matter to be presented in a balanced, unbiased fashion and in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, each activity participant must always use his/her own personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or treatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label uses.

Dr. Arora has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests to disclose.

Dr. Blackshear has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests to disclose.

Dr. Marchlinski discloses that he has received grant/research support from Biotronic, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, and Biosense Webster. He has served as a consultant for Biotronic, Medtronic, and Boston Scientific.

Credit Statements

Accreditation Statement: Temple University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

Certification Statement: Temple University School of Medicine designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

There is no fee to participate and receive credit.

Credit Provider Contact Information
Temple University
School of Medicine
The Albert J. Finestone, MD Office for CME
3500 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: 215-707-4787
Fax: 215-707-8268

Commercial Support Statements

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim.

Instructions

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Certificate Fee

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