Management of Atrial Fibrillation in 2017

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Date & Location
Friday, October 6, 2017 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM   Volney Richmond Auditorium, Seattle, WA

Target Audience
Cardiology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Practice, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiologist, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse


This course will present the most recent data guiding the management of atrial fibrillation and will leave providers with an in-depth understanding of both medical and invasive treatments for the arrhythmia. The course will discuss the role of ablation and will include a video demonstration of the procedure. The program will cover risk factors and pathophysiology of the arrhythmia, efficacy and appropriate use of pharmacologic therapy and anticoagulation, and the potential effects of atrial fibrillation on the brain and cardiovascular outcomes.

Teaching methods include lecture, case presentation, video presentation, and Q&A with faculty.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  1. Describe the indications for and outcomes of AF ablation
  2. Review the CHADS-VASc score for assessing risk for stroke
  3. Screen for modifiable risk factors in patients presenting with atrial fibrillation
  4. Formulate appropriate modifications in medical therapy for AF in patients with HFrEF
  5. Compare the antiarrhythmics in terms of efficacy and side effects
  6. Identify patient management issues posed by the possibility of interactions between DOACs and other medications
  7. Diagnose rare complications of AF ablation
  8. Discuss reasonable approaches to the management of AF in athletes
  9. Review the clinical evidence of preventative measures that lower the risk of post-operative AF
  10. Discuss the acute management of stroke in a patient with atrial fibrillation
  11. Recognize appropriate candidates for the Watchman device


The Virginia Mason Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Virginia Mason Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This Live activity, Management of Atrial Fibrillation in 2017, with a beginning date of 10/06/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  6.75 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 7.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certifi cation (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Parking: Parking is not included with registration. Virginia Mason's downtown parking facilities are limited and reserved for patients, therefore we offer this map of public lots with walking routes to the Lindeman Pavilion.

Public transportation: Metro Bus routes serving the First Hill neighborhood include 2, 10, 12, 60, 193, and 303. Please consult the Metro Trip Planner for route information and schedules.