Cardiac Rhythm Management
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Activity Description

This activity features expert presentations that investigate current challenges and further evolutions in surgical LAA Closure procedures to optimally manage complex Atrial Fibrillation patients. The distinguished faculty reviews the role of the left atrial appendage in systemic thromboembolism, assess the impact of LAA Occlusion for stroke prophylaxis, examine successful clinical implementation of LAA occlusion within daily practice, and analyze the procedures economic benefits.

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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Opening Remarks

Marc Gerdisch, MD, FACS, FACC

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Efficacy of Surgical LAA Exclusion

John Stulak, MD

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Thoracoscopic LAA Closure, with and without Lesions

Gan Dunnington, MD

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The Impact of Surgical LAA Closure: Risk and Mortality

Manuel Wilbring, MD

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Panel Discussion

Moderator: Marc Gerdisch, MD, FACS, FACC
Panel:
Gan Dunnington, MD, John Stulak, MD, and Manuel Wilbring, MD

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Cardiac Rhythm Management

Commercial Supporter

This activity is supported by an educational grant from AtriCure

Sponsor

MediaSphere Medical, LLC and Cine-Med

 

Faculty

Program Chair

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Marc Gerdisch, MD, FACS, FACC
Cardiac Surgery Associates
Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Franciscan St Francis Heart Center
Indianapolis, IN

Faculty

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Gan H. Dunnington Jr., MD
Director of Arrhythmia Center
Adventist Heart Institute
St. Helena Hospital
St. Helena, CA

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John M. Stulak, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Consultant, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN

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Manuel Wilbring, MD
Department of Cardiac Surgery
Comprehensive Heart Center
University Hospital Halle (Saale)
Halle (Saale), Germany

 

CME Information

CME Released: 2/17/2017; Valid for credit through 2/17/2018

Target Audience

This activity has been developed to meet the educational needs of cardiothoracic surgeons, residents, and other physicians and associated healthcare professionals.

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 systemic thromboembolization and the role of the LAA in patients with atrial fibrillation.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of surgical LAA exclusion.
  • Review Thoracoscopic LAA Closure, with and without lesions.

Accreditation Statement

This enduring 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 educational activity for a maximum of 1 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 Contact Hour for Nurses.

Disclosure

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

Faculty Disclosure Summary

Dr. Gan Dunnington discloses that he serves as a consultant and proctor for AtriCure, as well as a consultant and member of the speakers’ bureau for St. Jude Medical.

Dr. Marc Gerdisch discloses that he serves as a consultant and stock holder for AtriCure.

Dr. John Stulak does not have any disclosures at this time.

Dr. Manuel Wilbring does not have any disclosures at this time.

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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  • Occasionally other additional software may be required such as PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader.

MediaSphere protects the privacy of personal and other information regarding participants, educational partners, and joint sponsors. MediaSphere and our joint sponsors will not release personally identifiable information to a third party without the individual’s consent, except such information as is required for reporting purposes to the appropriate accrediting agency. MediaSphere maintains physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard your nonpublic personal information.

Copyright © 2017 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. Surgical LAA Closure: Why, When and How
  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 the most prevalent cardiac rhythm disorder, which is associated with a 5-fold increase for stroke, and accounts for 15% of all ischemic strokes. Additionally, in patients with AF, the LAA is an important source of thrombi. Which statement is accurate surrounding the percentage of atrial thrombi in non-valvular AF that arises from the LAA?
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  14. 2. The 2016 ESC Guidelines for the management of Atrial Fibrillation concludes that surgical occlusion or exclusion of the LAA may be considered for stroke prevention in patients with AF undergoing cardiac surgery?
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  16. 3. Dr. Manuel Wilbring, within his presentation, The Impact of Surgical LAA Closure: Risk and Mortality, concludes, surgical LAA is safe, feasible, and bears no additional risk for the patient.
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  18. 4. LAA occlusion may prove to be a safe and effective approach to reduce the incidence of stroke, embolization, and Warfarin-associated adverse events, and improve outcomes. However, additional steps are required in the coming years to ensure the successful broad deployment of LAA occlusion in daily practice. Which statement is accurate?
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  20. 5. Which conclusion statement is accurate as summarized by Dr. Gan Dunnington from his presentation evaluating Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Closure of LAA?
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  22. 6. Which statement is accurate as it relates to outcomes from EXLUDE, the prospective, non-randomized trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the LAA exclusion device (AtriClip) for the exclusion of the LAA via epicardial tissue approximation?
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  24. 7. Which statement from Dr. John Stulak is accurate, as concluded from his evaluation on the efficacy of surgical LAA exclusion?
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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

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  28. I would consider my level of expertise in the subject matter prior to the webcast as:
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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 systemic thromboembolization and the role of the LAA in patients with atrial fibrillation.
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  33. Evaluate the efficacy of surgical LAA exclusion.
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  34. Review Thoracoscopic LAA Closure, with and without lesions.
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  35. Information Presented
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  40. Information gained from this conference will result in making a change in your practice:
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  42. Addressed a professional practice gap:
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  44. 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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Cardiac Rhythm Management