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162463 - Watchman – Left atrial appendage closure device & the benefits of supplements for the heart

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This face-to-face educational visit from Interventional Cardiologist- Dr Young Yu and Consultant Cardiologist- Dr Adam Berger provides an interactive environment for GPs to refresh their knowledge of current evidence and best practice in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease and the appropriate use of dietary supplements in heart disease.

Relevance to General Practice

Atrial fibrillation is a common condition and carries the risk of cerebral thromboembolism. The CHADS2 score is often used to stratify this risk. Anticoagulant therapy with warfarin significantly reduces this risk, but there are limitations to its use. This has prompted the use of antiplatelet drugs. Patients with mitral valve disease should always be considered for anticoagulant therapy. However for other patients with atrial fibrillation, the decision about which drug to use is based on the patient's risk of thromboembolism. In addition to stroke prevention, management is directed towards restoring and maintaining sinus rhythm or controlling the ventricular rate in those for whom permanent atrial fibrillation is accepted. For some patients percutaneous (catheter directed) creation of lesions within the left atrium may be effective in maintaining sinus rhythm.

Learning outcomes
  • Recognise how supplements can reduce patients future risk of CVD.
  • Identify recent trials on the role of high intensity fish oil for cholesterol optimisation.
  • Recognise alternative strategies for the treatment of clot formation in patients with AF.
  • Identify the benefits and role of LAA closure devices in the treatment of high risk patients with atrial fibrillation.
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    162463 - Watchman – Left atrial appendage closure device & the benefits of supplements for the heart
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    2 hours
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    2 hours
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