ACOEM offers CME for reading selected articles in our peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM). One (1) credit can be earned per article.
To earn credits, you must have an active individual subscription to JOEM for the issue in which the ACOEM Online CME course is offered. The CME activity itself must not be expired.
About the Article
We investigated seasonal variation of acute exacerbation of atrial fibrillation (AAF) and contributing environmental factors.
AAF events, meteorological elements, and air pollutants in Seoul between 2013 and 2015 were obtained from the nationwide database. AAF was defined if a patient visited the emergency room due to any AF-relevant symptoms or signs.
AAF occurred less frequently in summer than in other seasons (6.71 vs 7.25 events/d, P = 0.005). AAF tended to decrease with an increase of air temperature ( r = –0.058). Among air pollutants, NO 2 was significantly lower in summer and positively correlated with AAF after adjusting for other variables ( β = 3.197).
The rate of AAF events was the lowest in summer; air temperature and NO 2 were contributing factors. The weather and environmental conditions should be considered as risk factors of AAF.
Accessing the Online Exam
After reading the article referenced in the title of this product and purchasing this CME product, navigate to ACOEM Connect. Select "Education>Access My Online Learning" to complete the online exam and evaluation.
You will have unlimited opportunities to pass the exam to earn CME credit for each article. You may also claim MOC credit.
• 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM
• 1 ABPM Maintenance of Certification credit
This activity expires on December 31, 2021. Claiming must be completed before then to earn credit.