Cardiac Rhythm Management
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Activity Description

This on-demand educational activity explores the central role of the cardiac surgeon for managing Atrial Fibrillation (AF) patients; through the collective perspectives of leading cardiac surgeons, who examine how treating AF may offer a unique opportunity with boundless potential. The experts share their experiences surrounding compelling rationale that has influenced them to begin treating AF, and evaluate how unmet clinical needs are addressed for improved patient care through a successful AF practice.

Cardiac Rhythm Management

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Webcast

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For those wishing to obtain your continuing medical education certification, access Earn CME Credit Tab at the conclusion of the webcast; select the appropriate answer to each posttest question, and successfully obtain the passing score as designated at the top of the test.

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Welcome and Overview
Patrick McCarthy, MD

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Current Background on Afib: Why we should Treat
Alan Speir, MD

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The Role of Afib in Surgical Practice: Developing a NEW AF Practice
Armin Kiankhooy MD

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Why I treat Afib: Rationale and Best Practices
Elias Zias, MD

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Panel Discussion
Armin Kiankhooy MD, Patrick McCarthy, MD, Elias Zias, MD, Alan Speir, MD

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Cardiac Rhythm Management

Commercial Supporter

This activity is supported by an educational grant from AtriCure

Joint-Providers

MediaSphere Medical, LLC and Ciné-Med

 

Suggested Viewing: Concomitant Surgery

Presentation Description

Dr. Patrick McCarthy shares his clinical decision making strategies as well as optimal procedural techniques and technologies for approaching concomitant surgery with AF ablation.

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Approaching Concomitant Surgery with AF Ablation
Patrick McCarthy, MD

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Faculty

Program Chair

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Patrick McCarthy, MD
Executive Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Interfim Chief of Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery
Chief of Cardiac Surgery in the Department of Surgery
Heller-Sacks Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery) and McCormick School of Engineering
Chicago, IL

Faculty

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Armin Kiankhooy MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Los Angeles, CA

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Alan Speir, MD
Inova Alexandria and Inova Fairfax Hospital 
Fall Church, VA

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Elias Zias, MD
NYU Langone Health
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
New York, NY

 

CME Information

CME Released: 4/11/2019; Valid for credit through 4/11/2020

Target Audience

This activity has been developed to meet the educational needs of surgeons and other physicians and associated professionals who manage patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

Activity Goal

This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/IOM competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, and Practice-Based Learning.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the pathophysiology and historical background of AF, including prevalence, significance, and impact if left untreated.
  • Examine rationale and best practices for treating AF.
  • Review surgical AF societal guidelines and consensus statements to guide treatment strategies for patients with documented AF. 
  • Evaluate unmet clinical needs addressed for improved patient care through the successful development of a new AF practice.

Accreditation Statement

Jointly Accredited Provider TMThis activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint-providership of Ciné-Med and MediaSphere Medical. Ciné-Med is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for Physicians and is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Ciné-Med designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity provides 1.5 contact hours for nurses.

Disclosure Policy

MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med adheres to accreditation requirements regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosure of the planning committee and faculty’s commercial relationships will be made known at the activity on course hand-outs and during faculty presentations. Speakers are required to openly disclose any limitations of data and/or any discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational uses of drugs or devices in their presentations.

All MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med employees in control of content have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

It is the policy of MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med to ensure balance, independent objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its supported educational programs. All faculty members participating in educational activities are required to disclose to the program audience any real of apparent conflicts of interest held within the past 12 months.

MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med implement a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to delivering the educational activity to learners.  

Non Endorsement Statement

MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med verifies that sound education principles have been demonstrated in the development of this educational offering as evidenced by the review of its objectives, teaching plan, faculty, and activity evaluation process. MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med does not endorse or support the actual opinions or material content as presented by the speaker(s) and/or sponsoring organization.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online educational activity. This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated on the title page; physicians and nurses should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted on the title page. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or Contact Hours, you must receive a minimum score of 70% on the post-test.

Follow these steps to earn CME/CE credit*:

  1. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and faculty disclosures.
  2. Review the educational presentations
  3. Select the appropriate answer to each posttest question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score as designated at the top of the test. We encourage you to complete the Activity Evaluation to provide feedback for future programming.

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  • A computer with an Internet connection.
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Copyright © 2019 by MediaSphere Medical. All rights reserved. No part of this activity may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without first obtaining permission from MediaSphere Medical

 

CME/CE Test

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  1. Journey as an Afib Surgeon
  2. Please enter your information, and complete the following CME post test and evaluation form. Upon successful completion, your submission will be reviewed and you will receive notification shortly regarding the status of your certificate. You must achieve a minimum score of 70% to earn credit for this activity.

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  12. 1. Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is an Atrial Cardiomyopathy diagnosed by ECG and characterized by an irregular cardiac rhythm, which leads to a high incidence of complications as compared to the normal population. Which statement is accurate surrounding patients with AF?
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  14. 2. The addition of the Cox Maze III procedure to aortic valve replacement (AVR) or coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) does not convey an increase in major morbidity and perioperative risk, but may significantly improve outcomes in this procedures.
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  16. 3. The consensus recommendation of ISMICS concludes that “Concomitant surgical ablation is recommended…to increase the incidence of sinus rhythm both at short- and long-term follow-up…to improve ejection fraction and exercised tolerance…to reduce the risk of stroke and thromboembolic events…and to improve long-term survival.”
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  18. 4. AF in cardiac surgery patients, if left untreated, causes an increase in stroke and mortality.
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  20. 5. When evaluating the effectiveness of Surgical Ablation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and Aortic Valve Disease, it is concluded that a Cox-Maze IV with concomitant AVR is as effective as a stand-alone Cox-Maze IV in treating AF, even in an older population with more comorbidities.
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  22. 6. Nearly half of patients undergoing cardiac surgery with a preoperative diagnosis of AF do not receive a concomitant surgical ablation, and only 32% of CABG patients with AF undergo a concomitant surgical ablation, which presents a significant opportunity to improve care in this patient subset, given that CABG is still the most commonly performed procedure in cardiac surgery.
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  24. 7. Cardiac Surgeons treating AF are presented with the opportunity to treat a unique patient population that are referred for isolated or stand-alone AF ablation, including:
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  26. Although optional, we respectfully request that you complete the activity evaluation form, since your feedback assists in the development of future educational activities.

  27. Background

    Please rate each question using a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = Beginner, 5 = Advanced)


  28. I would consider my level of expertise in the subject matter prior to the webcast as:
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  29. I would consider my level of expertise in the subject matter after the activity
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  30. Considering my experience and background, the material presented was:
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  31. Extent to which activity met the identified objectives
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  32. Evaluate the pathophysiology and historical background of AF, including prevalence, significance, and impact if left untreated.
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  33. Examine factors that impact clinical decision making when managing AF.
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  34. Examine rationale and best practices for treating AF.
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  35. Review surgical AF societal guidelines and consensus statements to guide treatment strategies for patients with documented AF.
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  36. Evaluate unmet clinical needs addressed for improved patient care through the successful development of a new AF practice.
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  37. Information Presented
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  38. Reinforced my current practice/treatment habits:
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  39. Will improve my practice/patient outcomes:
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  40. Enhanced my current knowledge base:
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  41. Provided new ideas or information that I expect to use:
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  42. Information gained from this conference will result in making a change in your practice:
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  43. Future activities on this subject matter is important to my practice:
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  44. Addressed a professional practice gap:
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  45. Was free of commercial bias/influence:
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  46. What barriers do you anticipate in incorporating best practices learned in this activity into clinical activities or quality improvement initiatives at your institution?
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  47. What mechanisms can you identify to overcome these barriers?
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Cardiac Rhythm Management