Coronary Calcium Testing: How, Why, What?

The primary care provider frequently sees patients with signs or symptoms that may indicate cardiovascular pathology. The goal of this lecture is to provide an update and overview of coronary calcium testing, identifying who should be tested and who should not, and to provide the primary care physician with a sound framework with which to approach patients with cardiovascular symptoms.  

Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians, Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (General). 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the prevalence of coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis review.
  • Utilize the CVD event risk assessment tool and determine who would benefit from CAC testing.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Carey, R. M., Calhoun, D. A., Bakris, G. L., Brook, R. D., Daugherty, S. L., Dennison-Himmelfarb, C. R., ... & White, W. B. (2018). American Heart Association Professional/Public Education and Publications Committee of the Council on Hypertension; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Clinical Cardiology; Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine; Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease; Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research; and Stroke Council. Resistant hypertension: detection, evaluation, and management: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Hypertension, 72(5), e53-e90.
  • Dudenbostel, T., Siddiqui, M., Oparil, S., & Calhoun, D. A. (2016). Refractory hypertension: a novel phenotype of antihypertensive treatment failure. Hypertension, 67(6), 1085-1092.
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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 ABIM MOC
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.75 Nurse Practitioners
Course opens: 
07/01/2021
Course expires: 
04/30/2024

Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., FACC
Deputy Director 
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Chief of Cardiology
Baptist Hospital
Physician Practice Leader

Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., faculty for this education has indicated that he has been on the speakers’ bureau for Amgen, Amarin and Esperion. He will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentation or discussion.

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.

Ian Del Conde Pozzi, M.D., FACC, conference director, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose.

Other contributors involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
              
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Available Credit

  • 0.75 ABIM MOC
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.75 Nurse Practitioners
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