Alpesh N. Amin, MD, MBAProfessor of Medicine Chair, Department of Medicine Executive Director, Hospitalist Program University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Medium
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Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice and afflicts more than 3 million people in the United States. Individuals with AF have 4 to 5 times greater risk for ischemic stroke and tend to experience more serious strokes than those without AF. Although most AF-related strokes could be prevented with anticoagulation therapy, many patients with AF are not receiving appropriate evidence-based therapy for stroke prevention. This activity will identify opportunities for cardiologists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to overcome persistent barriers to the use of appropriate anticoagulation therapy for the prevention of stroke in patients with AF.
. Target Audience
Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals interested in the prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Explain the appropriate use of tools to calculate stroke and bleeding risk in patients with AF.
Describe recent changes to clinical practice guidelines and current evidence for best practices in the use of anticoagulation therapy for patients with AF.
Describe the mechanisms of action of investigational drugs in late stages of development for stroke prevention in patients with AF.
Select anticoagulation therapy for patients with AF based on the results of risk scoring assessments.
Alpesh N. Amin, MD, MBA, discloses the following relationships with commercial interests:
Consultant: Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
Speakers bureau: Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Inc.
Rick Ricer, MD, Physician Reviewer, University of Cincinnati, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Susan P. Tyler, MEd, CMP, CHCP, FACEHP, University of Cincinnati, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Kathleen Hines, MCM Education editorial director, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
The University of Cincinnati requires all faculty to disclose any planned discussion of an investigational and/or off-label use of a pharmaceutical product or device within their presentation. Participants should note that the use of products outside FDA-approved labeling should be considered experimental and are advised to consult current prescribing information for approved indications.
In this educational activity, the faculty reports his presentation will not contain reference to investigational and/or off-label uses.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Cincinnati and MCM Education. The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Cincinnati designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Release date: April 15, 2015
Last review date: April 15, 2015
Expiration date: April 15, 2016 Commercial Support Statements
Supported by independent educational grants from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim.
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* Review the activity
* Take the post-test and score 75%
* You are allowed a total of 3 attempts
* Complete the evaluation
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Computer Requirements: Minimum System Requirements: • Pentium III, 600 MHz or Equivalent Processor • 512 MB of RAM • Windows XP, Vista, or 7 • Mac OS X • 800x600 Monitor Resolution • 16-bit Color • 16 bit Sound Card with Speakers
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