Goal and Learning Outcomes

The goal of this program is to review the use of newer therapies for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, including non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants and percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation and stroke
  • Discuss the mechanisms of action of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants
  • Review non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants approved for use in atrial fibrillation
  • Identify common contraindications and adverse effects of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants
  • Describe the indications for a left atrial appendage closure device
  • Identify areas of practice where various members of the interprofessional team can work together to contribute to the safe and effective use of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants

Course Authors

Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC 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 healthcare team.

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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