Atrial Fibrillation Management and Stroke Prevention

Module Overview

This module will provide theoretical and practical knowledge of the condition of Atrial Fibrillation. Diagnosis will be examined, treatment (both medical and surgical) explained and evidence based management to include anticoagulation for stroke prevention.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  •  Demonstrate and understanding of the theory underpinning the disease of Atrial Fibrillation, the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of diagnostic and assessment criteria for Atrial Fibrillation
  •  Perform an accurate ECG and interpret normal and irregular rhythms
  •  Apply concepts appropriately in dealing with the current evidence for the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation, rhythm and rate control
  •  Demonstrate and understanding of the management of Atrial Fibrillation, when referral is appropriate, the national guidelines, as well as quality and outcome framework aimed at stroke prevention including anticoagulation.


10/20 credits

The 10 credit module does not involve any clinical practice and is therefore available to international students unable to practice within the UK.

Module Attendance Required

3 day block of teaching

Module Dates

23 – 25 March 2015


MCQ exam, case study, practical assessment, clinical assessment in practice.

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Dr Ellen Murray, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Primary Care and General Practice.

Dr Clare Taylor, Academic GP & Clinical Research Fellow, Dept of Primary Care and General Practice

Stand Alone Course

This module can also be taken as a stand alone course if required. To apply, please contact Amy Partleton, Programme Administrator, 0121 414 2677, 

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£500 (£200 bench fee applies; please enquire for further details)

For information on fees please contact the Programme Administrator.

This module can be taken without the assessment if required (but no credits will be awarded).

Entry requirements if taken as a stand alone course

A relevant first degree or an equivalent professional qualification.