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Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease





Credit Hours: CME 1.00

Target Audience:

Faculty, residents, fellows, and primary care physicians.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Examine patient outcomes by evaluating and treating all CVD risk factors without regard to whether a patient meets the criteria in order to diagnose “metabolic syndrome.”
  • Describe current AHA/ADA guidelines for cardiovascular diseases, in order to apply standard prescribing of statins.

Suggested Additional Reading:

  1. Evidence Based Guideline for the management of high blood pressure om adults - JAMA 2014;311(5):507-520 2013 AHA/ACC Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk. Circulation. 2014; 129: S76-S99.
  2. 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk. Circulation. 2014;129 [suppl 2]:S49-S73.
  3. 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults. Circulation. 2014;129 [suppl 2]:S1-S45.
  4. 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults (JNC 8). JAMA. 2014;311(5):507-520.
  5. Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2016. Diabetes Care January 2016 Volume 39, Supplement 1.

Dennis Bruemmer, MD, PhD — Associate Professor Heart, Lung, Blood, and Vascular Medicine Institute Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine UPMC and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.