Full Course:  20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Short Course:  10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Course(s) are appropriate for:  Cardiologists, Family Practitioners, Pediatricians, Internists, General Practitioners, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants (PA-C's)

Series 32 (CAR32) Topics Include:  Use of SYNTAX Score, Emergency Protocol for CIEDs, Anticoagulation Therapy, and more.

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Course Topics

Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia/ Coronary Artery Disease

Maximize the accuracy of different approaches to measuring blood pressure; Apply blood pressure treatment thresholds and targets from the Eighth Joint National Committee; Prescribe statins appropriately for the 4 main populations that benefit from statin therapy; Evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of medical management, percutaneous coronary intervention, and coronary artery bypass grafting for treating coronary artery disease; Assess the severity of coronary artery disease using the SYNTAX score.

Future Directions in Defibrillator-pacemaker Therapy and Management

Identify CIED using x-ray technology; Cite American Society of Anesthesiology guidelines on performance of CIED interrogation reports; Determine risk for electromagnetic interference associated with CIED; List emergency protocol for CIEDs.; Explain magnet use on CIEDs.

Treating Patients with Hypertension to Goal

Cite evidence-based guidelines for management of hypertension; Apply best practices while measuring blood pressure of patients in the office; List meaningful lifestyle modifications that can lower hypertension; Employ therapies for hypertension to reduce cardiovascular events and renal complications; Design pharmacotherapeutic treatment of hypertension, and treat resistant hypertension.

Heart Failure in the Geriatric Population

Diagnose heart failure with reduced ejection fraction; Diagnose heart failure with preserved ejection fraction; Choose an appropriate pharmacologic agent to treat heart failure in an older adult; Identify the devices used as therapy in patients with heart failure; Recognize the contributions of multimorbidity and frailty to the management of older adults with heart failure.


Lipid Management and Cardiovascular Disease

Apply 2 updated guidelines to reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in patients at various levels of risk; Review studies of secondary and primary prevention of cardiovascular disease; Identify risk factors for statin intolerance; Cite the "top 10 take-home messages" from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology guideline for managing blood cholesterol; Analyze the benefits and risks of adding a second or third lipid-lowering drug to statin therapy.


Cardiology Updates

Differentiate between pretricuspid lesions and posttricuspid lesions of congenital heart disease; Treat adult congenital heart disease; Recognize the risk factors and clinical presentation of Takotsubo syndrome; Manage Takotsubo syndrome and subsequent cardiovascular complications that may arise; Anticipate the impact of high lipoprotein(a) levels on cardiovascular outcomes.

Atrial Fibrillation Update

Evaluate recent data on the benefit of early rhythm control for atrial fibrillation; Identify benefits of radiofrequency catheter ablation for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation; Analyze the pros and cons of patient self-monitoring (eg, via the Apple Watch) for the detection of atrial fibrillation; Compare the indications for warfarin vs direct oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation; Cite studies on the safety and efficacy of the Watchman and Watchman FLX left atrial appendage occlusion devices

Cardiac Emergencies: Part 1 of 3

Differentiate between the subcategories of acute coronary syndrome on the basis of clinical presentation and etiology; Evaluate chest pain in the emergency department with an emphasis on cardiac plaque composition as it relates to myocardial infarction; Identify low-risk patients appropriate for discharge by using the HEART Score or HEART Pathway decision tool; Evaluate and manage patients in the emergency department with right ventricle failure while avoiding common pitfalls; Identify which patients with pulmonary embolism are the best candidates to send home by using clinical decision tools and imaging strategies.

Cardiac Emergencies: Part 2 of 3

Use pericardial ultrasonography to assess a plethoric inferior vena cava; Select effective treatment of patients with shock and a plethoric inferior vena cava; Differentiate pericardial tamponade from pericardial effusion; Assess thromboembolic risk and risk for major bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation; Review guidelines for anticoagulation therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Cardiac Emergencies: Part 3 of 3

Identify patients at high risk for aortic dissection from salient history and physical examination; Avoid unhelpful testing that can delay treatment of thoracic aortic dissection; Compare the Stanford and DeBakey classification systems for thoracic aortic dissection; Employ bedside ultrasound rather than chest x-ray or electrocardiography to diagnose acute decompensated heart failure; Reduce the need for intubation in acute decompensated heart failure by initiating noninvasive positive pressure ventilation.


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  • The courses are good and straight forward. Excellent updates on Cardiovascular issues. Well prepared lectures. Comprehensive line-up of topics.

    Lloyd M., NP-C, Illinois