Atrial fibrillation is a major health, social, and economic problem affecting more than 2.5 million American adults. It’s becoming increasingly common as the population ages, with nearly 13.7% of people older than 80 affected. AF may be described by the ventricular response or by duration. A common complication of AF is stroke. Depending on the circumstances, AF can be treated with medications, such as anticoagulants and antiarrhythmics; cardioversion; and radiofrequency ablation with pacemaker. Patients undergoing cardioversion must be adequately anticoagulated when possible to prevent thromboembolism. Healthcare providers as a team should be able to recognize this common dysrhythmia, understand the etiologies and pathogenesis, and collaborate to educate patients about treatment options so they may make sound, evidence-based decisions about their treatment.
The goal of this program is to provide nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics and EMTs, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians with information about the incidence, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation (AF). After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the mechanical events associated with AF with respect to cardiac anatomy and typical features of this dysrhythmia
- Identify the diagnostic approach to defining etiological factors for AF
- Discuss treatment strategies for AF
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists.
Physical therapists : Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 13S0657 for 02/15/13 to 02/15/14; 14S0613 for 03/05/14 to 03/05/15; 15S0609 for 03/06/15 to 03/06/16; 16S0783 for 03/06/16 to 03/06/17); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE130020603 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021491 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023663 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27140 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4902 for 03/24/13 to 03/23/14; 5705 for 03/24/14 to 03/23/15; 6046 for 03/24/15 to 03/23/16; 2016-43 for 03/24/16 to 03/23/17); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004395 for 04/06/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007152 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1052-2012 for 02/26/13 to 01/31/14; 252-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 03/21/13 to 03/21/17 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 03/12/13 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4704 for 03/01/13 to 03/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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