Andrew Krumerman, MD Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Cardiology, Arrhythmia Service Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, NY
NOTE: This activity was presented as a live visiting faculty grand rounds series beginning on August 20, 2015. Participants who received credit for attending any of the live presentations are not eligible to receive credit for this online release.
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. AF is an independent risk factor for ischemic stroke severity, recurrence, and mortality. Individuals with AF have 4 to 5 times greater risk for ischemic stroke. The National Stroke Association emphasizes the importance of treatment to prevent stroke in patients with AF, noting that patients tend to experience worse outcomes from AF-related stroke compared with non-AF-related stroke. Poor outcomes associated with AF-related stroke include increased mortality, stroke recurrence, functional impairment, and dependency. Quality measures from multiple organizations attest to improvement needed in clinical practice to reduce death from stroke, which includes preventing stroke in patients with AF. Program Developer/Facilitator
. Target Audience
This activity has been designed for cardiologists, hospitalists, internal medicine and primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and other clinicians involved in the treatment of patients with AF.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Use evidence-based risk scoring assessments to properly risk stratify patients with AF, considering stroke and bleeding risks.
Discuss key differences in the pharmacologic profiles of the new oral anticoagulants that may impact selection of a specific agent for an individual patient with AF.
Select the correct dosage for oral anticoagulant therapy for patients with AF and renal impairment.
Develop individualized guideline-based antithrombotic treatment regimens for stroke prevention in patients with AF.
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Andrew Krumerman, MD: SentreHEART (Speaker)
Alpesh Amin, MD, MBA, MACP, SFHM: Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. (speaker); Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. (Consultant); Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer (Grant/Research); Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. (Education)
Andrea Funk: Nothing to disclose
Amanda Glazar, PhD: Nothing to disclose
Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN: Nothing to disclose
Gena Dolson: Nothing to disclose
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