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The Advanced Curriculum Program: Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
Activity Expires: 10-01-2012

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Co-Sponsored by USF Health and Projects in Knowledge

Overview / Abstract

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common form of arrhythmia and one of the leading causes of thromboembolic stroke. Because its prevalence increases with age, it is estimated that more than 6 million individuals will be affected with AF by 2050. It is critical that cardiologists and other clinicians are able to accurately assess and manage stroke risk, identify and employ effective treatment strategies, and improve long-term outcomes in their patients.

The Advanced Curriculum Program: Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation provides state-of-the-science information and practical guidance to improve the evaluation of stroke risk and appropriate use of antithrombotic therapies for stroke prevention in patients with AF. This CME/CE program, co-sponsored by USF Health and Projects In Knowledge, offers 10 engaging activities, including six article reviews, three case-based Tx Reporter e-newsletters with audio, and an on-demand webcast.

Target Audience
This program is intended for healthcare professionals who care for patients with AF at risk for stroke, including cardiologists, clinical cardiac electrophysiologists, neurologists, general/internal medicine providers, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, allied healthcare clinicians, case managers, and other clinical decision makers and care team members.

Activity Goal
The goal of this curriculum program is to improve the evaluation of stroke risk and appropriate use of antithrombotic therapies for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Identify the burden of stroke and its risk factors in patients with AF, including the role of prevention and treatment.
  • Analyze the benefits of and barriers to the appropriate use of antithrombotic therapies for stroke prevention in indicated patients with AF.
  • Discuss evidence-based practice guideline recommendations for antithrombotic therapy and the influence of adherence to antithrombotic guidelines and performance measures on outcomes.
  • Implement risk stratification algorithms to assess stroke and bleeding risk to guide individualized antithrombotic strategies in patients with AF.

Evaluate and detail emerging data on the use of novel antithrombotic agents for the prevention of stroke in AF, including their use in real-world, high-risk patients.

Credits / Hours

CME Information: Physicians
USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Specific credit information can be found on each activity's web page. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CE Information: Nurses
Projects In Knowledge® (PIK) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Projects In Knowledge is also an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP-15227. Specific credit information can be found on each activity's web page.

DISCLAIMER: Accreditation refers to educational content only and does not imply ANCC, CBRN, or PIK endorsement of any commercial product or service.

CE Information: Pharmacists
Projects In Knowledge® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Specific credit information can be found on each activity's web page.

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Projects in Knowledge, Inc.

Is This Activity Certified for "Live" Credit?
NO

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Stuart J. Connolly, MD, FRCPC
Director of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
McMaster University
Hamilton Health Sciences
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Robert G. Hart, MD
McMaster University/Population Health
Research Institute
David Braley Cardiac, Vascular, and
Stroke Research Institute
Hamilton General Hospital
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Daniel E. Singer, MD
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

This CME/CE activity is supported by an independent medical education grant from the Bristol-Myers Quibb/ Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Partnership and by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim.

Activity Specialities / Related Topics
Acute Care, Cardiology / Cardiovascular

Activity Disciplines
Nursing CNE, Pharmacy CPE, Physician CME

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