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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation

Course author: Dana Bartlett, RN, MA, MSN
Contact Hours: 3.0
Pharmacology Hours: 0.25

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Target audience:
   Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses,
   Licensed Practical Nurses, and Medical Assistants

Format: Homestudy
This course expires on: 11/25/2016
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Course Description
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. Atrial fibrillation is a disease that affects individuals in later years, however, rarely may affect children. A new diagnosis of atrial fibrillation requires investigation into possible reversible causes as a first approach to therapy. Prevention of atrial fibrillation is highlighted as a way to lower the risks associated with complications of atrial fibrillation and stroke, such as substance abuse and obesity. New guidelines influencing how atrial fibrillation is understood and treated, including newer pharmacological agents, are discussed.

Course Outline
  1. Introduction
  2. Atrial Fibrillation: Statistics
  3. Pathogenesis Of Atrial Fibrillation
    1. Triggering Focus
    2. Atrial Remodeling
  4. Causes Of Atrial Fibrillation: Risk Factors
    1. Established Risk Factors
      1. Age and gender
      2. Hypertension
      3. Valvular heart disease
      4. Heart failure and cardiac myopathy
      5. Alcohol consumption
      6. Obesity
  5. Classification Of Atrial Fibrillation
    1. Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation
    2. Persistent Atrial Fibrillation
    3. Long-standing Persistent Atrial Fibrillation
    4. Permanent Atrial Fibrillation
    5. Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation
  6. Diagnosis Of Atrial Fibrillation
    1. Electrocardiogram
    2. Physical Exam and History
      1. Loss of atrial systole
      2. Decreased coronary blood flow
      3. Impaired ventricular filling
      4. Irregular ventricular response
  7. Atrial Fibrillation And Stroke
  8. Treatment Of New Onset Atrial Fibrillation
    1. Signs and Symptoms
    2. Identifiable and Correctable Causes
    3. Emergency or Immediate Cardioversion
    4. Pharmacologic Rhythm Control
    5. Rate Control
    6. Prevention of Systemic Embolization
  9. Management Of The Patient With Persistent or Permanent Atrial Fibrillation
    1. Pharmacologic Rate and Rhythm Control
    2. Catheter Ablation for Rhythm Control
    3. AV Node Ablation, Cox maze and Pacemakers
    4. Cardioversion
    5. Prevention of Embolization
      1. Bleeding risk
  10. Anticoagulant Medications
  11. Atrial Fibrillation And Prevention
  12. Summary
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