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Cardiovascular Update for the Primary Care Provider

Cardiovascular medicine is a vast area of clinical practice with continually evolving research, guidelines, evidence based practice, and new medication and technology. For this educational activity, expert faculty have selected as the most important gaps, those related to primary care strategies for prevention, diagnosis, and management of cardiovascular disease, the timing of clinical decisions, and factors affecting decisions in specific populations with hypertension, dyslipidemia, heart failure, valvular disease, and arrhythmia. This includes improving their competence to select the most appropriate diagnostic modalities and treatment plans. These changes in competence and clinical practice will result in better patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the cardiovascular impact of treatments for dyslipidemia, hypertension, and diabetes and describe their impact on primary care prevention.
  • Outline new and evolving information on the role of SGLT2 inhibitors.
  • Summarize the issues with primary prevention therapy in the geriatric population
  • Incorporate the evidence on degenerative mitral regurgitation, ischemic mitral regurgitation and aortic stenosis into clinical decision-making for patients with structural heart disease
  • Describe the cardiovascular impact of cancer treatments and interpret the implications for primary care.
  • Analyze the evidence on new and established medical and surgical therapies for managing patients with heart failure.
  • Describe the emerging evidence and options for management of atrial fibrillation.
  • Examine current and evolving data on the impact of COVID on cardiovascular disease

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses and other allied health personnel working in the field of primary care and internal medicine who treat and evaluate patients in need of prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.