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Atrial Fibrillation Overview

Presented by: Karen Marzlin

Course Description:
The presence of atrial fibrillation alters cardiac function and places the patient at risk for stroke.  Effective management and patient education requires knowledge of rate and rhythm control strategies and an understanding of stroke risk and prevention options.  This course provides an overview of the comprehensive management of atrial fibrillation including pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies.  This short course was recorded as part of the Cardiac Vascular Nursing Certification Review Course and is being offered as an individual CE offering for those not purchasing the CVN Review Course.

Course Content:

  • Mechanism of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Classification of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Consequences of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Rate Control Strategies
  • Beta Blocker
    AV Node Ablation
  • Rhythm Control Strategies
    Cardioversion
    Pharmacological Interventions
    Cather and Surgical Ablation
  • Stroke Prevention
    Determination of Stroke Risk
  • Warfarin
    NOACs
    Atrial Appendage Closure

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Differentiate between paroxysmal, persistent, and permanent atrial fibrillation.
  • Describe evidence based recommendations for rate and rhythm control strategies.
  • Compare medications used for rate control to those used for rhythm control.
  • Review criteria used to determine the need for anticoagulation to reduce stroke risk.
  • Discuss current pharmacological and non-pharmacological to reduce stroke risk in the setting of atrial fibrillation.

Continuing Education:
2.25 hours of continuing education (contact hours) are offered with this program. 0.8 Pharmacology CE.  CNEA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 15714.

Course Price:
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