Duke Perspectives on Atrial Fibrillation from the 2021 American Heart Association Annual Meeting

Duke Perspectives on Atrial Fibrillation from the 2021 American Heart Association Annual Meeting

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Online Course | Specialties: Cardiology
Released: 12/14/2021
Expires: 6/13/2022
Max Credits: 0.5
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Jonathan P. Piccini, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

Activity Planners
Julie Blum, PhD
Director, Clinical Content
Baltimore, MD
Lisa R. Rinehart, MS, ELS
Director, Editorial Services
Baltimore, MD
Samantha Gordon, MS
Accreditation Manager
Baltimore, MD
Amy Sison
Director of CME
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Katherine Kahn
Holyoke, MA
Learning Objective
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss pertinent new studies presented at AHA and consider how to apply this information to clinical practice

Target Audience
This activity is intended for cardiologists
Statement of Need
More than 90 presentations were shared by faculty members, residents, and fellows from the Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, at the 2021 AHA Annual Meeting. Herein, we summarize information from select presentations and provide expert insight from Jonathan Piccini, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine and director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology section at the Duke Heart Center, with the goal of helping local and community cardiologists and internists stay abreast of current clinical research taking place at Duke Cardiology.

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Initial Release Date: December 14, 2021
Expiration Date: June 13, 2022
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 30 minutes

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Jonathan P. Piccini, MD, MHS
Contracted research: Abbott, Ablacon, AbbVie Inc., AltaThera, ARCA Biopharma, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, BIOTRONIK, Boston Scientific Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, ElectroPhysiology Frontiers, iRhythm Technologies, Inc., LivaNova, Medtronic Inc., Milestone Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Inc., Phillips Pharma Group, Sanofi-aventis U.S., Inc.

The writer, peer reviewers, and activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

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Here are the key takeaways from this activity. Deeper insights and evidence, plus an opportunity to receive credit, are available at the "Continue" button below.

  • The PALACS study found that the performance of a posterior left pericardiectomy in patients undergoing common types of cardiac surgery was associated with a large and highly statistically significant reduction in the risk of postoperative AF1
  • The aMAZE trial demonstrated that an adjunctive LARIAT procedure was not superior to PVAI alone but appears to be safe and successfully excludes the left atrial appendage2
  • The I-STOP-AFib trial showed that “custom” patient-identified triggers were the most likely to be associated with episodes of AF, which highlights how individual patients are the best experts on what triggers their own arrhythmia3
  • The GIRAF trial is the first prospective study to compare outcomes between warfarin and dabigatran; researchers found no difference in MMSE, NTB, and CGNT scores between the dabigatran and warfarin groups but did observe a statistically significant difference in MoCA scores in favor of warfarin4
  • A retrospective observational study using administrative claims data from nearly 45,000 individuals enrolled in Medicare demonstrated that only a minority of patients with AF and cancer receive oral anticoagulation5
  • A study exploring the importance of different AF symptoms to patients used the Toronto AFSS and demonstrated that patient expectations for successful AF management differ from current clinical AF treatment targets6
  • Health disparities are linked with social, economic, and environmental disadvantage but are also often associated with demographics that can include race; the ramifications of various types of racism are clearly seen in arrhythmia management7

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