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HeartRhythm Journal CME July 2019: Cardiac resynchronization therapy using pacemakers vs defibrillators in patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy: The United States experience from 2007 to 2014
Journal CME/HeartRhythm Journal
July 2019, Volume 16, Issue 7

The impact of implantable defibrillator therapy on outcomes of patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) who receive a cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device is controversial. The purpose of this study was to examine the outcomes of NICM patients who receive a CRT-pacemaker (CRT-P) vs CRT-defibrillator (CRT-D).
Samir Saba, MD, FACC - Research support from Boston Scientific and Medtronic.
Terence McLaughlin, MD - Nothing Relevant to Disclose
Meiqi He, MS - Nothing Relevant to Disclose
Andrew Althouse, PhD - Nothing Relevant to Disclose
Suresh Mulukutla, MD, FACC - Nothing Relevant to Disclose
Inmaculada Hernandez, PharmD, PhD - Nothing Relevant to Disclose
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices (CRT-P and CRT-D).
2. Participate in shared decision-making discussion with nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) patients around CRT.
3. Describe the comparative outcomes (e.g. mortality, hospitalizations) in NICM patients who receive CRT-P versus CRT-D.
4. Describe the financial implications of choosing CRT-D over CRT-P in primary prevention NICM patients.
Target Audience
This activity is designed for all professionals who participate in the care and management of heart rhythm disorders.

The Heart Rhythm Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Heart Rhythm Society designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Information

A CME Certificate (for physicians) or Certificate of Participation (for non-physicians) will be provided to individuals seeking credit from the following organizations which accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ or have identified credit awarded by ACCME accredited providers as being “substantially equivalent” to their own. Note that participants are advised to contact their certifying body for specific information regarding credit submissions:

· American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) for elective credit

· American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB)

· American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

· American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

· American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for Category 2

· Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (Canada) 

· European Board of Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC)

· European CME Credits (ECMEC)

· German Chambers of Physicians

· Oman Medical Specialty Board 

· Qatar Council for Health Practitioners 

· Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 


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  • Fair Balance - that content is balanced among various options available for treatment and not biased toward a particular product or manufacturer.
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  • Omission and Commission - are there any studies, data, or best evidence that is missing?


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1 MOC point 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.


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn up to 1 MOC point in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

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