This educational activity is certified by the American College of Cardiology Foundation
Patient Presents with Cardiac Arrest and is Considered for an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator


Muhammad R. Afzal, MD

Ralph S. Augostini, MD, FACC


Thomas M. Bashore, MD, FACC

Alexander R. Opotowsky, MD, FACC

M. Dominique Ashen, PhD, CRNP

Jennifer Host, CNP

Nurse Planner:

Kimberly V. Cheramie, MSN


The overall goal of this CME certified, online activity is to change your competence in managing anticoagulation in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. This activity was created in response to the 2016 AHA/ACC Clinical Performance and Quality Measures for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death.

CME and CNE Information


The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this enduring material for a maximum of up to .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The ACC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The ACC designates this educational activity for a maximum of .25 continuing education hours.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .25 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

While offering the credits noted above, the course is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for cardiovascular physicians, and registered nurses.

Important Dates

Date of Release: May 16, 2017

Term of Approval/Date of CME Expiration: May 16, 2018

Learner Objectives

After completing the activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the common, reversible causes for sudden cardiac death (SCD).
  • Describe the initial workup to exclude reversible causes of SCD.
  • Discuss the indications for secondary prevention implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) placement.

Method of Participation and Claiming Credit

ACCF Case Vignettes feature case information and questions. To be eligible for credit, you must attain a score of 70% or better on the questions included in the activity.

Requesting AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit™ and CE for this Activity
To request credit, you must:

  1. Read all text and view all tables and/or figures in the case for which you wish to receive credit.
  2. Answer the questions in each case for which you wish to claim credit. After you have answered all the questions, click on the Exam Summary button. A Claim Credit button will appear on this page if you have achieved a passing score of 70% or better. If you did not achieve a passing score, please click the Reset Scores link and retake the exam.
  3. Click the Claim Credit button and answer the evaluation questions in the pop-up window.
  4. Enter the total amount of time you actually spent in the activity in the box provided. Please note that you may only claim once for each module in this activity. Click Submit.
  5. You will receive a message that your request has been submitted and a link to view your certificate. You may view and download the certificate when you receive the message, you may also view it at any time in the My Transcript section of My ACC.