Focus on Rhythm Control and Optimizing
Outcome Domains in Patients with AF
MedicineWRAP CME Disclosure
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Method of Physician Participation
Utilized in Learning Process:
There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period February 28, 2011 through February 28, 2013 participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity; 3) register and complete the evaluation form; and 4) print out your CME certificate.
Time to Complete Educational Activity:
In this web-based program, physicians will learn how recent advances in basic and clinical research have helped to advance the understanding of and strategies for rhythm control in patients with atrial fibrillation.
February 28, 2011
February 28, 2013
Electrophysiologists, AF specialists, general cardiologists, cardiology program directors, interventional cardiologists, thrombosis specialists,
hospitalists, hospital-based CV pharmacists, and related disciplines.
Enrollment for this MedicineWRAP is complimentary, and clinicians are invited to participate in this CME-certified WebCAST and/or share this invitation with other colleagues, departmental staff members, and healthcare professionals.
Supported by an independent educational grant
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The University of Massachusetts Medical School, Office of CME and CMEducation Resources, LLC. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
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The University of Massachusetts Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Program Faculty and Disclosures:
Gerald V. Naccarelli, M.D.
Bernard Trabin Chair in Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute
Advisor or consultant: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Pfizer Inc.; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; Paracor; Transoma; Medtronic, Inc.; sanofi-aventis; CV Therapeutics; Cardiome Pharma Corp.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Xention; Astellas Pharma, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline; Biocritique.
Research Support: GlaxoSmithKline; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Boston Scientific; Medtronic, Inc.; sanofi-aventis.
Program Managers and
Web Editor Disclosure:
Program Manager Gideon Bosker, MD has nothing to disclose.
Program Reviewer Denise Leary has nothing to disclose.
Participants in this CME-certified MedicineWRAP will be able to:
Optimize rhythm control for patients with new onset AF based on risk stratification strategies that consider symptom severity according to the EHRA categories, and based on likelihood of achieving definitive and permanent rhythm conversion to SR according to their clinical profiles, etiology of AF, presence and degree of HF, EF, symptoms status, and other co-existing factors;
Select AF patients, based on risk stratification criteria and clinical history, in order to determine which patients subsets with AF are better candidates for (ventricular) rate control and thromboembolic prophylaxis, and which are ideal candidates for attempts to achieve and maintain pharmacologic conversion to and maintenance of SR;
Manage patients with new onset AF, focusing on which individual patients and subgroups would be most likely to respond to and benefit from rhythm control as the primary strategy for reducing complications of AF;
Apply the multiplicity of approaches required to optimize clinical outcomes and domains in AF, including prevention of thromboembolism, symptom relief based on EHRA and Canadian symptom scales, correction of rhythm disturbance and maintenance of SR;
Understand how the initial strategy in AF patients may differ from long-term therapeutic goals, that is, patients with symptomatic AF lasting many weeks, initial therapy may be anticoagulation and rate control, while the long-term goal may be to restore sinus rhythm;
Manage patients in whom rate control offers inadequate symptomatic relief, and in whom restoration of sinus rhythm becomes a clear long-term goal; and more skilled at achieving this clinical targets based on evidence and guidelines;
Better educated about and more skilled at recognizing and interpreting predictive factors that can help clinicians, depending on their patient's clinical course, determine which patients are likely to respond to maintenance of NSR with pharmacologic therapy; and to recognize how to respond, pharmacotherapeutically, to the window of opportunity for converting and/or maintaining sinus rhythm, which exists early in the course of management of a patient with AF.
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