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Update On Atrial Fibrillation

Cardiac physicians from Beth Israel Medical Center discuss new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment atrial fibrillation, or AFib.

Topics include: Overview of AFib; New Approaches to Anticoagulation; What to Look for in Echocardiography; Antiarrhythmic Therapy; Surgical Correction of AFib.

Target Audience  

Cardiologists, Electrophysiologists, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Nurse Practitioners and Nurses who wish to better understand atrial fibrillation, it’s diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.

Objectives  

The approach to atrial fibrillation, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options are ever changing based on new research and advanced treatment options. This symposium will address updates in the area of atrial fibrillation.

  • Increase awareness of the problem of atrial fibrillation.
  • Increase awareness of the most up-to-date ACC guidelines for better assessment and treatment approaches for patients with atrial fibrillation.
  • Recognize the best practice for the use of anticoagulation medications in the treatment of atrial fibrillation.
  • Identify what to look for in the echocardiography of patients with atrialfibrillation.
  • Examine the use of antiarrhythmic therapy for patient’s treatment and explore the pros and cons as it relates to the evaluation of patients for in- versus out-of hospital initiation of antiarrhythmic therapy for atrial fibrillation
  • Increase awareness of surgical correction of atrial fibrillation.

Accreditation Statement  

Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Beth Israel Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure  

It is the policy of Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity.   Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals have established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. 

The following have reported that they do not have any financial relationships to disclose:

Preety Chawla, MD

Dennis Finkielstein, MD, FACC, FASE 

Susan R. Hecht, MD

Darryl Hoffman, MD

Paul Schweitzer, MD 

If you have any questions regarding this CME activity, please contact Kiersten Smith-Gaston by phone at 212-420-4713 or email at ksgaston@chpnet.org

Presenters

Preety Chawla, MD

Preety Chawla, MD Preety Chawla, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Beth Israel Medical Center, specializes in treatment for arrhythmia conditions, and is also certified in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Chawla earned her medical degree from the Government Medical College in Chandigarh, India, and ...
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Dennis Finkielstein, MD, FACC, FASE

Dennis Finkielstein, MD, FACC, FASE Dennis Finkielstein, MD, is an attending cardiologist and Director of Ambulatory Cardiology at Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Finkielstein earned his medical degree from SUNY Stonybrook Health Science Center, and then completed his residency in internal medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical ...
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Susan R. Hecht, MD

Susan R. Hecht, MD Dr. Susan R. Hecht is an attending cardiologist and Associate Director of the echocardiography laboratory Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Hecht specializes in general cardiology and echocardiography (including stress and transesophageal).

Dr. Hecht earned her medical degree at SUNY Downstate ...
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Paul Schweitzer, MD

Paul Schweitzer, MD Dr. Paul Schweitzer is the Associate Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Arrhythmia Service and pacemaker clinic at Beth Israel Medical Center. He specializes in the diagnosis and management of cardiac arrhythmias, and the use of non-invasive and invasive diagnostic procedures. His research ...
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Darryl M. Hoffman, MD

Darryl M. Hoffman, MD Darryl M. Hoffman, MD is an attending cardiothoracic surgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Hoffman performs on-pump coronary bypass and beating heart surgery, has particular clinical interest in valvular heart disease, surgical management of arrhythmia and heart failure, and has vast ...
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