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A-Fib and Stroke Risk

Contact Hours Awarded: 1.5

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Course Overview

A-Fib and Stroke Risk

Author: Joanne Kuplicki

Stroke remains the 5th leading cause of death and disability in the United States, and yet there are many times where clinicians struggle to find the exact cause. The diagnosis of stroke is often finalized only after a risk factor analysis and diagnostic images that are done post event. Atrial fibrillation is increasing in frequency in our population due to longevity and other risk factors. This possible cause of stroke should be investigated thoroughly in order to prevent future events and assist patients and families in self-management and stroke prevention. Nursing staff play a crucial role in educating patients regarding risk factors for prevention and signs/symptoms of stroke. Recent development of many new oral anticoagulants demands that the bedside nurse knows which are appropriate for stroke risk reduction in atrial fibrillation. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Pathophysiology of A-Fib and Stroke 
  3. Risk Factors for A-Fib and Stroke 
  4. CHADs Stroke Risk Scoring in A-Fib 
  5. Case Study 
  6. Oral Anticoagulants 
  7. Conclusion 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss A-Fib and stroke risk. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete. 

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Recognize the risk of stroke in those with atrial fibrillation. 
  2. Assess risk factors for stroke using published CHAD2 screening tools. 
  3. Understand the oral anticoagulant options for atrial fibrillation. 
  4. Understand the risk assessment process for stroke in A-Fib. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: April 08, 2021

Course Expires on: April 08, 2024

Course Offering: #50