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Cardiac Arrhythmias, Diagnosis and Treatment: Atrial Fibrillation

Author: Jon R. Sherman, MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI
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CE: 3 hours Pharmacology: 1 hour
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Course Summary

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia experienced by patients and encountered by physicians and other medical providers. It has been estimated to affect nearly 35 million people worldwide and, due to its consequences, accounts for great personal and economic costs. While an entire textbook could be written and dedicated solely to the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation and related arrhythmias, this monograph is intended to outline the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, including risk factors, comorbidities, and definitions; arrhythmia recognition by history, physical examination, electrocardiography, and other diagnostic testing; as well as current options in the treatment and management of this important condition, in particular, Vitamin K-dependent and direct oral anticoagulants, pharmacologic agents, direct current cardioversion and approaches to rhythm control using catheter ablation techniques.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction
II.           Etiology, Prevalence and Pathogenesis of Atrial Fibrillation
1.   Pathogenesis
III.        Risk Factors of Atrial Fibrillation
1.   Established Risk Factors
IV.         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/Valvular Atrial Fibrillation
V.            Diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation
1.   Electrocardiogram
2.   Patient Physical Examination and History
VI.         Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke
VII.       Treatment of New Onset Atrial Fibrillation
1.   Signs and Symptoms
2.   Identifiable and Correctable Causes
3.   Emergency or Immediate Cardioversion
VIII.    Treatment of Persistent or Permanent Atrial Fibrillation
1.   Rate Control or Rhythm Control
2.   Pharmacologic Rhythm Control
3.   Rate Control
4.   Catheter Ablation
5.   AV Node Ablation
6.   Cox-Maze Procedure
IX.         Prevention of Embolization
1.   Assessment of Stroke Risk
2.   Assessment of Bleeding Risk
3.   Choosing an Anticoagulant
4.   Antiplatelet Therapy
5.   Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation
X.            Summary


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