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Quality of Life and Health Care Utilization in the CIRCA-DOSE Study: Focus on Catheter Ablation of AF (JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology August 2020)

This study evaluated the impact of contact force–guided radiofrequency ablation versus cryoballoon ablation on quality of life and health care utilization.

Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD, FACC

CME Editor
Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, MD

Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, MD

CME/MOC/ECME Information
Target Audience
JACC Journal CME/MOC/ECME is intended for physicians who treat patients with cardiovascular disease.

Important Dates
Date of Release: August 17, 2020
Term of Approval/Date of CME/MOC/ECME Expiration: August 16, 2021

Learner Objectives
After reading this article the reader should be able to:
  • Identify and compare the quality of life following atrial fibrillation ablation with that prior to the ablation.
  • Discuss and identify how atrial fibrillation ablation affects health care quality of life.
  • Identify differences in quality of life between radiofrequency and cryoballoon ablation over time.
Method of Participation and Claiming Credit 
This ACC JACC Journals CME/MOC/ECME activity includes the reading of an article published in one of the JACC journals and the successful completion of self-assessment questions. 

Requesting AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit™ and/or MOC or ECME credit for this Activity

To request credit, you must:
  1. Read the article for which you wish to receive credit.
  2. Answer the self-assessment questions. You need to have achieved a passing score of 70% or better in order for the Evaluation link to become activated. If you did not achieve a passing score, please click on the Posttest link in the left navigation bar and retake the exam.
  3. After you complete the Evaluation, click on the Claim Credit button in the left navigation bar.
  4. For CME or COP credit, 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 this activity. Click Claim.
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  7. The page will be updated with the date and time that you claimed your credit.
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Availability: On-Demand
Available Aug 17, 2020 to Aug 16, 2021
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered: 1 CME Credit
1 ABIM-MOC Point
1 ECME Credit
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