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The information and/or skills learned will enhance my professional competence or ability.
This activity conveyed information which will assist me in improving the health and/or treatment outcomes of of my patients.
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Address the persistent sex-specific gaps found in guidelines, recommendations and prevention of cardiovascular disease strategies for women, and recognize diagnostic and therapeutic adherence.
Recognize the risk factors associated with asymptomatic carotid atherosclerotic disease, and examine the evidence that supports a conservative approach to carotid revascularization in asymptomatic patients.
Interpret and implement current guidelines on utilization of cholesterol lowering therapy to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Examine and implement the National Lipid Association recommendations for patient-centered management of dyslipidemia.
Cite the clinical trial evidence supporting the use of omega-3 fatty acids in cardiovascular disease prevention
Review the randomized clinical trials currently evaluating the incremental benefit of adding omega-3 fatty acids to statin therapy in high-risk patients with elevated triglycerides.
Examine the evidence that reveals how meditation promotes health and well-being.
Implement strategies to effectively motivate smoking cessation behaviors in patients, and examine pharmacologic options for smoking cessation therapies.
Implement practical treatment protocols for the management of obesity from the point of view of the practicing physician.
Explain the role of bariatric surgery and its impact in obese individuals diagnosed with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Initiate effective patient education discussions about the minimal level of exercise needed for improved health.
Recognize components of the optimal diet for cardiovascular health, and explain the scientific evidence behind popular weight loss diets.
Recognize the key differences and controversies among the multitude of hypertension practice guidelines, and discuss the different rationales for variable BP goals.
Examine the formal evidence from the FOURIER trial, and explain how targeted treatment at PCSK9 inhibition confers additional cardiovascular benefits beyond lipid-lowering treatment alone.
Examine the current results of the CANTOS study and explain how targeting inflammation produces a direct benefit on patient outcomes.
Examine the impact of adding empagliflozin to standard care of type 2 diabetes patients who are at high risk for cardiovascular events.
Evaluate the implications of the absence of coronary artery calcium (CAC) in reclassifying patients from a risk stratum in which statins are recommended to one in which they are not.
Examine statin-associated muscular adverse events, and explain how such events are typically temporal due to the initiation of statin therapy.
Describe and recognize the usefulness of stress testing in patients with suspected coronary artery disease.
Examine the role of coronary computed tomographic angiography as a diagnostic tool in the evaluation of patients with chest pain.
Recognize the strong association atrial fibrillation has with other cardiovascular diseases in order to properly manage, diagnose and treat.
Examine prevention, reversal and treatment strategies for heart failure, considering medical and surgical options.
Assess the long-term vital prognosis of patients with abdominal aortic aneurysmal disease or peripheral artery disease to determine possible differences in survival, prognostic risk profiles and causes of death.
Examine the primary causes of aortic stenosis, its progression and risks, and recognize the diagnostic tests and treatment options available.
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Keynote Address - Improving the Cardiovascular Health of Women - Martha Gulati, M.D.
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Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis - Barry Katzen, M.D.
Cholesterol Management - Paul E. Ziajka, M.D., Ph.D.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Cardiometabolic Health - Michael Ozner , M.D.
Meditation for Health and Well-being: Does It Really Work? - Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D.
Smoking Cessation - Michael Hernandez, M.D.
Obesity: Beyond Lifestyle and Bariatric Surgery - Theodore Feldman, M.D.
Exercise Prescription for Primary and Secondary Prevention - Michael J. Blaha, M.D.
Best Diet for CVD Prevention - Arthur Agatston, M.D.
Hypertension Guidelines - Roger Blumenthal, M.D.
FOURIER: Extensive Lipid Lowering (PCSK9) - Paul E. Ziajka, M.D.
CANTOS: Residual Inflammation - Christie M. Ballantyne, M.D.
EMPA REG: New Anti-Diabetic Agent to Lower Cardiovascular Events - Theodore Feldman, M.D.
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Statin Therapy in Primary Prevention: Should I Consider CAC Testing? - Protagonist: Michael J. Blaha, M.D.
Statin Therapy in Primary Prevention: Should I Consider CAC Testing? - Antagonist: Khurram Nasir, M.D.
Heart Failure - Francisco Javier Jimenez, M.D.
Should I Consider Utilizing a Stress Test for Chest Pain? - David Wolinsky, M.D.
Should I Consider Utilizing Coronary CTA for Chest Pain? - Ricardo C. Cury, M.D.
Atrial Fibrillation - Robert S. Fishel, M.D.
Muscle Ache With Statins - Michael J. Blaha, M.D.
Peripheral Vascular Disease - Ian Del Conde Pozzi, M.D.
Aortic Stenosis - Ramon Quesada, M.D.
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Increased my knowledge
Enhanced my performance
Improved my competence
Ensured that my patients will have improved outcomes