Weathering the Electrical Storm of Atrial Fibrillation - CMA408

Weathering the Electrical Storm of Atrial Fibrillation

by Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN
(4.6 / 283 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Certified Medical Assistants (1.00 Hours)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most commonly diagnosed abnormal heart rhythm and affects 2.7 to 6.1 million people in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017) (Kumar, 2019). It is most common in those over the age of 65. In fact, about 9% of the geriatric population has AFib compared to 2% who are younger. Stroke is a major risk in patients with AFib. Both the condition of AFib and medications used to treat it are associated with safety risks, for which certified medical assistants (CMAs) should be familiar and understand strategies for preventing patient harm.


The content in this course is applicable to certified medical assistants.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Recognize anatomical and physiological factors associated with atrial fibrillation.
  • Discuss risk factors and symptoms associated with atrial fibrillation.
  • List at least two complications of atrial fibrillation.
  • Identify treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation.
  • Explain patient safety risks associated with atrial fibrillation and interventions for mitigating risks.

Approval Information
This course is intended for certified medical assistants
This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 clinical continuing education unit(s) (approval # 134749 for 12/1/18 to 11/30/19). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.

Course Originally Released on: 8/18/2017
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/17/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Goretti K - burlington , NC  ·  Feb 09, 2020
AFib as well as other cardiovascular diseases are among the highest and scariest diseases in America. Knowing what causes it, rise factors, and educating patients is very important to prevent or decrease the disease
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Debra T - Norwalk, IA  ·  Feb 05, 2020
Lots of detailed important information
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Elisa H - Peoria, IL  ·  Jan 17, 2020
The cardiovascular system has always been complicated and hard to grasp.
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Laura H - Pardeeville, WI  ·  Jan 16, 2020
It was a very good refresher for me working in cardiology. Very informational
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Katie B - Arlington , TX  ·  Jan 15, 2020
I enjoyed the 3-D interactive images.
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00