Atrial Fibrillation and Secondary Hypercoagulable State
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an approximate fivefold increase of ischemic stroke, causing about 1 in 7 strokes. Strokes caused by AF tend to be more severe than strokes from other causes. In 2019, AF was mentioned in 183,321 U.S. death certificates. It is estimated that by 2030, 12.1 million people in the U.S. will have AF.
Most individuals with AF/atrial flutter have a secondary prothrombotic or hypercoagulable state, primarily due to the presence of AF/atrial flutter. The exceptions are a very small percentage of individuals without any known risk factors and those with a CHA2DS2-VASc score of zero.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, physicians and other health care professionals interested in the care of individuals with AF.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the classifications and diagnostic criteria for AF.
- Review documentation best practices for AF and secondary hypercoagulable state.
- Identify risk factors for thromboembolism and secondary hypercoagulable state using the CHA2DS2-VASc score.
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Frederic Celestin, MD
National Medical Director
Robin Eickhoff, MD, MPH, CPC
Senior Medical Director
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The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Optum. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit Designation Statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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