Therapies for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
by Instructor: Niya Jones, MD, MPH
Credentialed for: Psychology Continuing Education |


i 1.00 CEH

Course Overview

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.

About the Course Author

Niya Jones, MD, MPH, is board certified in cardiology and practices at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, N.J., where she specializes in heart failure. Niya Jones, MD, MPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation and stroke; Describe the indications for a left atrial appendage closure device; Discuss the mechanisms of action of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants; 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 ; Identify common contraindications and adverse effects of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants; Review non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants approved for use in atrial fibrillation
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    The target audience for this course is: Nurses; Pharmacists; Physicians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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