Hearing a Heartbeat from Miles Away: Remote Detection of Undiagnosed AF

This activity is part of a series


Mintu P. Turakhia, MD, MAS
Associate Professor
Executive Director, Center for Digital Health, Stanford University School of Medicine
Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA
Mintu P. Turakhia, MD, MAS

Mintu Turakhia, MD, MAS, is a cardiac electrophysiologist, outcomes researcher, and clinical trialist. He is the Director of the Stanford Center for Digital Health (CDH) and the newly-formed American Heart Association-funded Heart Health Technology Center. In his clinical role, he performs invasive procedures such as catheter ablation and device implantation to treat heart rhythm disorders.

Dr. Turakhia has an active multidisciplinary program in heart rhythm and digital health research, where he uses biostatistical, health economic, artificial intelligence, and data science approaches to examine quality, outcomes, and risk of heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation in very large datasets. He is a principal investigator of several multi-center trials, such as the Apple Heart Study, to test digital health tools and wearables, and he collaborates closely on research with medical device and technology companies. Dr. Turakhia has published over 200 manuscripts and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Rhythm Society. Dr. Turakhia has served as an advisor and investor to over 25 medical device, drug, and health technology companies across their life cycle, from early stage to IPO.

Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FABC, CPE, CMQ, FAAPL is Associate Professor for the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Temple University Hospital, and Chief Quality Officer for the Temple Faculty Practice Plan. She is an attending physician at Temple University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA) and Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, DE). Dr. Savoy graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2002, completed Family Medicine Residency Program at the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program (Springfield, PA) in 2005, and graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2008 with a Master’s degree in Public Health in Public Health Leadership with a focus on Public Health Practice. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, and is a Fellow of the Advisory Board Company.

Statement of Need

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common but often undiagnosed condition, with prevalence in the United States projected to increase from 5.2 million in 2010 to 12.1 million cases by 2030. AF may present with a wide range of symptoms or may be asymptomatic. Even when asymptomatic, AF increases the risk of stroke or systemic thromboembolism and all-cause mortality compared to no AF. Screening patients at-risk for AF can facilitate detection of AF and allow for initiation of potentially life-saving stroke preventive therapy. New technologies such as photoplethysmography via smartwatch, blood pressure monitors, handheld or smartphone-compatible ECG recorder, and patch ECG monitors offer many options to enable remote detection of undiagnosed AF.

The first episode of this CME Outfitters BriefCase series will focus on AF screening techniques and tools and how best to utilize them when providing care via telemedicine.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to evaluate digital tools that aid in identifying undiagnosed NVAF when providing care via telemedicine.

The following learning objectives pertain only to those requesting CNE or CPE credit: Evaluate digital tools that aid in identifying undiagnosed NVAF for providing care via telemedicine.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb and Pfizer Alliance.

Target Audience

Primary care physicians, cardiologists, PAs, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.

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Pharmacists/Pharmacy Tech (ACPE) 1.0

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Dr. Turakhia reports that he receives grants from the American Heart Association; Apple Inc.; Bayer; Boehringer Ingelheim; Bristol Myers Squibb Company; Cardiva Medical, Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and SentreHEART, Inc. He is a consultant for Abbott; BIOTRONIK, Inc.; Cardiva Medical, Inc.; iRhythm Technologies, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; Medtronic; Milestone Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; MyoKardia, Inc.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Pfizer Inc.; and Sanofi. He receives other financial or material support as an editor for JAMA Cardiology.

Dr. Tarakji reports that he is a consultant for AliveCor, Inc.; Bristol Myers Squibb Company; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Medtronic.

Dr. Savoy has no disclosures to report.

Jeffrey Helfand, DO (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.

Mae Ochoa, RPh (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.

Maria Glukhovsky, PharmD (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Jan Perez (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

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NOTE: Pharmacist CE Universal Activity Number, Enduring: JA0007185-0000-21-110-H01-P

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Hearing a Heartbeat from Miles Away: Remote Detection of Undiagnosed AF
Event Date: 04/23/2021