Therapies for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation - CMEZ761

Therapies for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

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by Niya Jones, MD, MPH
(4.6 / 103 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Atrial fibrillation affects about 4 million people in the United States. It leads to more than 700,000 hospital admissions each year. Complications related to atrial fibrillation cost the U.S. healthcare system roughly $6 billion annually. Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include age, hypertension, coronary artery disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, and alcohol abuse. Anticoagulation with warfarin, a vitamin K antagonist, has been the mainstay of stroke prevention for patients with atrial fibrillation but presents inherent risks and difficulties. Recently, a number of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants, also called novel oral anticoagulants, have been developed for clinical use and are being increasingly used for this purpose.


The goal of this program is to review the use of newer therapies for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, including non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants and percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation and stroke
  • Discuss the mechanisms of action of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants
  • Review non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants approved for use in atrial fibrillation
  • Identify common contraindications and adverse effects of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants
  • Describe the indications for a left atrial appendage closure device
  • Identify areas of practice where various members of the interprofessional team can work together to contribute to the safe and effective use of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants

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Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
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Course Originally Released on: 3/27/2017
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/27/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/27/2020

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Abigail P - Cutler Bay, FL  ·  Sep 12, 2019
excellent information to incorporate into practice
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Charlene Y - Astoria, NY  ·  Aug 26, 2019
therapies for stroke prevention
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Tara V - Pinehurst, TX  ·  Aug 26, 2019
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Paulino N - Tampa, FL  ·  Aug 12, 2019
Great review about anticoagulants
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Luisa R - Paterson, NJ  ·  Aug 08, 2019
Questions are appropiate.
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