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Activity Description

The webcast is comprised of the proceedings from the accredited satellite symposium held at Heart Rhythm 2015, Can You Successfully Treat Persistent Atrial Fibrillation without Silencing the Posterior Left Atrium? Setting a Standard for Single-Procedure Outcomes. The presentation format consists of synched audio and HD video, along with the presenter’s slides, and features panel discussion sessions.

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Click on the session title listed below to view each presentation.

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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Introduction – Why We Need a Single-Procedure Standard for Persistent AF

David Callans, MD, FHRS

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First-line Ablation Therapy for Enlarged Atria – Does the Convergent Approach Demonstrate Clinical Success & Deliver Economic Value to Hospital?

Kenneth Civello, MD, FACC, MPH, FACS

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Proactive Anatomic Approach with Posterior LA Ablation in Patients Where PVI Alone is Unlikely to Maintain Sinus Rhythm

Suneet Mittal, MD, FACC, FHRS

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Persistent AF Outcomes using Cryoballoon with Comprehensive Posterior LA Ablation

Kevin Makati, MD, FACC, FHRS

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Role of Atrial Stretch as Pathogenesis for AF

Jonathan Kalman, MBBS, PhD, FHRS

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Panel Discussion


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Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from nContact

Sponsor

MediaSphere Medical, LLC and Cine-Med


Faculty

Program Director

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David Callans, MD, FHRS
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Faculty

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Kenneth Civello, MD, FACC, MPH, FACS
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Jonathan Kalman, MBBS, PhD, FHRS
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Melbourne, Australia

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Kevin Makati, MD, FACC, FHRS
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Tampa, Florida

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Suneet Mittal, MD, FACC, FHRS
Valley Health System
New York, NY and Ridgewood, NJ

CME Information

CME Released: 6/15/2015; Valid for credit through 6/15/2016

Target Audience

This activity has been developed to meet the educational needs of electrophysiologists, cardiologists and other physicians and associated professionals with an interest in managing patients with persistent 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:

  • Review large unmet clinical need and challenges of treating persistent AF with current ablation approaches and the role of comprehensive posterior left atrial ablation.
  • Assess outcomes data & clinical experience for comprehensive posterior left atrial ablation in AF patients.
  • Discuss the economic burdens of persistent AF and the need to deliver long-term value through comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care.
  • Evaluate the underlying mechanisms for AF pathogenesis as a function of atrial stretch and how stretch mediated remodeling can be addressed through comprehensive posterior LA ablation.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through joint sponsorship 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 educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA CATEGORY 1 Credit(s).
Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Ciné-Med designates this activity for 1.5 Contact Hour for Nurses.

Faculty and Disclosures

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

Dr. David Callans reports he is on the data and safety monitory board for nContact, Inc.

Dr. Kenneth Civello reports he has received training honoraria from nContact, Inc.

Dr. Jonathan Kalman reports he receives research and fellowship support from Medtronic, Inc., St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific and Biosense Webster.

Dr. Kevin Makati reports he is a consultant for nContact, Inc.

Dr. Suneet Mittalreports he is a consultant for Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical and Medtronic, Inc.

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.

Provider Contact Information

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  • A computer with an Internet connection.
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  • Occasionally other additional software may be required such as PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Copyright © 2015 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

CME/CE Test
  1. Can You Successfully Treat Persistent Atrial Fibrillation without Silencing the Posterior Left Atrium? Setting a Standard for Single-Procedure Outcomes

    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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  11. 1. Cumulative published data concludes that 5.1% Major Adverse Events occur with Catheter Ablation, as compared to 2.8% Major Adverse events with the Convergent Procedure.
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  13. 2. Which of the following conclusive statements are accurate from the Dr. Civello presentation, First-line Ablation Therapy for Enlarged Atria – Does the Convergent Approach Demonstrate Clinical Success & Deliver Economic Value to Hospital?
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  15. 3. The RASTA Study, as discussed in the Dr. Suneet Mittal presentation, Proactive Anatomic Approach with Posterior LA Ablation in Patients Where PVI Alone is Unlikely to Maintain Sinus Rhythm, resulted in the following outcome rates for patients with AF who were randomized to one of the following 3 arms:
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  17. 4. Which of the following conclusive statements is accurate from the Dr. Suneet Mittal presentation, Proactive Anatomic Approach with Posterior LA Ablation in Patients Where PVI Alone is Unlikely to Maintain Sinus Rhythm?
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  19. 5. As cited by Dr. Kevin Makati during his presentation, Persistent AF Outcomes using Cryoballoon with Comprehensive Posterior LA Ablation, which statements surrounding the potential advantages Convergent with Cryoballoon PVI are accurate?
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  21. 6. The combined convergent ablation approach decreases subsequent ER visits?
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  23. Although optional, we respectfully request that you complete the activity evaluation form, since your feedback assists in the development of future educational activities.

  24. Background

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


  25. I would consider my level of expertise in the subject matter prior to the webcast as:
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  26. I would consider my level of expertise in the subject matter after the activity
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  27. Considering my experience and background, the material presented was:
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  28. Extent to which activity met the identified objectives
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  29. Review large unmet clinical need and challenges of treating persistent AF with current ablation approaches and the role of comprehensive posterior left atrial ablation.
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  30. Assess outcomes data & clinical experience for comprehensive posterior left atrial ablation in AF patients.
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  31. Discuss the economic burdens of persistent AF and the need to deliver long-term value through comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care.
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  32. Evaluate the underlying mechanisms for AF pathogenesis as a function of atrial stretch and how stretch mediated remodeling can be addressed through comprehensive posterior LA ablation.
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  33. Information Presented
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  34. Reinforced my current practice/treatment habits:
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  35. Will improve my practice/patient outcomes:
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  36. Enhanced my current knowledge base:
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  38. Information gained from this conference will result in making a change in your practice:
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  39. Future activities on this subject matter is important to my practice:
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  40. Addressed a professional practice gap:
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  41. Was free of commercial bias/influence:
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  42. 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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