Speaker: Joseph L. Blackshear, MD Professor of Medicine Department of Cardiology Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL
Content Development 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
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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major health problem in the United States that 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 who manage AF will benefit from this enduring activity, which reviews recent and emerging clinical data and outlines evolving best practices in the management of patients with AF. Program Developer/Facilitator
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Cardiologists, internists, and other clinicians who are involved in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients with AF.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Determine when a patient with AF is at risk for stroke using evidence-based risk scoring assessments.
Incorporate optimal anticoagulation strategies for individual patients with AF into clinical practice.
Identify the potential role of new and emerging medications for reducing stroke risk in patients with AF.
Summarize the pharmacologic profiles of vitamin K antagonists and new and emerging anticoagulation medications.
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