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Atrial Fibrillation Basics Top 10

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .5
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes
Publication Date: March 8, 2018
Expiration date: March 7, 2027
Reviewed: March 5, 2024


Atrial fibrillation is a common condition and occurs in otherwise healthy individuals or can be associated with a wide range of medical and/or cardiac conditions. For this reason, the management of patients with atrial fibrillation is complex and must be customized to individual patient circumstances.

In general, atrial fibrillation can be characterized by its frequency or persistence and management issues include rate control, rhythm control, and the prevention of thromboembolic complications of atrial fibrillation.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • To characterize patients as having isolated or recurrent atrial fibrillation and to correctly define the management issues associated with paroxysmal, persistent, or permanent atrial fibrillation.
  • To define initial evaluation with respect to etiologies.
  • To calculate an appropriate risk score for thromboembolic complications such as the CHA2DS2-VASc score.
  • To enumerate the risks and benefits of “rhythm control” strategies for atrial fibrillation.

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close that tab.

Amy West Pollak, MD

Amy West Pollak, MD, previously at UVa, was awarded one of two 2012 Young Author Achievement Awards in JACC CV Imaging, for her paper “Arterial spin labeling MRI reproducibly measures peak-exercise calf muscle perfusion in peripheral arterial disease,” published December 2012.  Dr. West Pollak is currently on staff at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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