Physicians and other providers are constantly faced with evolving techniques and tools for diagnosing and treating arrhythmia patients. Rapid change and new research make it difficult to ensure that electrophysiology-related diagnosis and treatment is consistent with the most current guidelines. Primary care physicians encounter patients with arrhythmia symptoms, heart failure, and syncope and must determine if patients are at risk of life-threatening arrhythmias and whether they may benefit from a cardiology or electrophysiology referral. Recent studies have shown a general lack of familiarity among healthcare professionals with current implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation clinical guidelines; an even larger knowledge gap exists in this area among primary care physicians. This lack of familiarity with clinical guidelines highlights the need to improve diagnostic competence and treatment knowledge among all healthcare professionals who care for arrhythmia patients.
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JB Duke Hotel
230 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
James Daubert, MD
The overall goal of the activities is to enhance learners' knowledge and their competency to incorporate evidence-based updates in their practice. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Select appropriate atrial fibrillation patients for ablation or left atrial appendage exclusion devices
- Identify current and evolving approaches and their limitations for risk stratification of atrial fibrillation patients for thromboembolism, and safe and effective use of novel anticoagulation medications
- Identify patients who are candidates for leadless pacemakers or subcutaneous defibrillators
- Interpret intra-cardiac device electrograms
- Identify complications from ablations and device implants and patients needing prompt referral to electrophysiologists
Electrophysiologists, cardiologists, hospitalists, primary care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, advanced practice providers, pharmacists