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Cryptogenic Stroke: Diagnostics and Tools to Determine Root Cause

Original Program Date: Oct. 26, 2016
Estimated Webinar Time: 1 hour

Estimated Case Study Time: 30 minutes each

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This complimentary activity is jointly provided by the Heart Rhythm Society and the National Stroke Association.

Accreditation for this program has expired and this program is for informational purposes only.

Program Overview

The program educates healthcare professionals through a multi-platform case study based CME initiative, which highlights the connection between cryptogenic stroke and atrial fibrillation, and identify cardiac monitoring as an effective tool in determining root cause.

This is a four-part program, featuring a webinar and a total of three case studies.

Goals and Learning Objectives

Through participation in this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between cryptogenic stroke and atrial fibrillation
  • Discuss different types of cardiac monitoring and define which patients might benefit
  • Identify points at which cardiac monitoring is appropriate during the course of treatment
  • Report greater confidence in recommending diagnostic tests to monitor and test for atrial fibrillation

Target Audience

Cryptogenic Stroke: Diagnostics and Tools to Determine Root Cause is for healthcare professionals in neurology, cardiology, and electrophysiology. This activity is also appropriate for other stroke specialists who may have the opportunity to educate peers within their facility.


This activity is designed for individual participation and each individual must register for the event.

There are no fees for participation in this activity.

Content Developed and Presented By

Philip B. Gorelick, MD, MPH, FACP
Professor, Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Medical Director, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences

Mark Richards, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS
Director, Arrhythmia Services Northwest Ohio Cardiology Consultants

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest

It is the policy of the Heart Rhythm Society to ensure balance, independent objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its certified educational activities. Everyone involved in the planning and participation of continuing medical education activities is required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of his or her presentations and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during his or her presentations. In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education, all faculty and planning partners must disclose any financial relationship(s) or other relationship(s) held within the past 12 months. The Heart Rhythm Society implements a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to delivering the educational activity to learners. Detailed disclosure information will be available prior to the activity and in the activity slides.

Faculty Disclosures

The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests who products or services may be mentioned in this activity.

Name of Faculty Reported Financial Relationship
Philip B. Gorelick, MD, MPH, FACP   Speaker’s Bureau or Provision of Lectures: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Medtronic Inc.
Mark Richards, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS Clinical Trials: Biotronik, Boston Scientific, Sorin, St. Jude Medical
Faculty/Consultant: Biotronik, Boston Scientific, Janssen, Medtronic, Boehringer-Ingleheim, Pfizer, BMS
SAB: Cardialen, Boston Scientific, Biotronik


Name of Content Manager Reported Financial Relationship
Heart Rhythm Society No financial relationships to disclose
National Stroke Association No financial relationships to disclose

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The Heart Rhythm Society supports the ACCME’s policy on evidence-based content and encourages faculty to adhere to these standards when planning a presentation. 

The views expressed by the individual speakers are not necessarily the views of the Heart Rhythm Society, National Stroke Association and/or Medtronic, Inc. Faculty disclosures will be listed at the beginning of each presentation and listed on the Heart Rhythm Society website.

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Cryptogenic Stroke: Diagnostics and Tools to Determine Root Cause is supported by an educational grant from Medtronic, Inc.

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