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Atrial Fibrillation

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, MA, MSN

Duration: 3 hours

Course Summary

The primary treatment of atrial fibrillation involves rate control, prevention of thromboembolic events and restoring the heart to sinus rhythm. Control of atrial fibrillation is achieved through pharmacological treatment and cardioversion. Refractory atrial fibrillation may benefit from surgical approaches to treatment. Diagnosis of atrial fibrillation requires investigation into possible reversible causes as a first approach to therapy. New guidelines influencing how atrial fibrillation is understood and treated, including newer pharmacological agents, are discussed.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Statistics
  • Pathogenesis Of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Risk Factors Of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Classification Of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Diagnosis Of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Fibrillation And Stroke
  • Treatment Of New Onset Atrial Fibrillation
  • Treatment Of Persistent Or Permanent Atrial Fibrillation
  • Prevention Of Embolization
  • Antiplatelet Therapy
  • Summary


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