Cardiology - On Demand

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 31 (CAR31) Topics Include:  Congenital Cardiac Anomalies, Risks for Perioperative Cardiac Arrest, Cardiovascular Disease in Women, Benign vs. Pathologic Heart Murmurs, and more.

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Course Topics

Congenital Heart Disease

Recognize the prevalence of common congenital cardiac anomalies; Differentiate among different types of congenital heart disease; Explain the hemodynamic abnormalities associated with repaired and unrepaired congenital heart defects; Appreciate the effects of congenital heart disease on multiple organ systems; Implement anesthetic strategies to optimize cardiovascular function during noncardiac surgery for patients with congenital cardiac anomalies.

Heart Disease

Identify important biopsychosocial risk factors for cardiovascular disease; Counsel patients with cardiovascular disease about nonpharmacologic interventions for the treatment of psychological distress; Implement evidence-based strategies of cognitive behavioral therapy in the management of patients with coronary heart disease; Cite cardiovascular benefits of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid omega-3 fatty acids; List risks and benefits of using icosapent ethyl for cardiovascular risk reduction, based on findings from the REDUCE-IT trial.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support/The Pediatric Patient with Asthma

Identify risk factors for perioperative cardiac arrest and determine the most effective preventive strategies; Improve outcomes of perioperative cardiac arrest based on its etiology; Differentiate between the causes of perioperative cardiac arrest in adult and pediatric patients; Evaluate risk factors, diagnostic considerations, and treatment options for children with asthma; Administer appropriate presurgical medications, induction agents, inhalation agents, and muscle relaxants to pediatric patients with asthma.

Highlights from the 4th Annual Innovations in Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy

Diagnose and treat the thromboembolic complications associated with COVID-19 virus infection; Recommend medications for, and duration of, antiplatelet therapy; List trials of antiplatelet therapies and explain their significance; Explain the role of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors and vericiguat in the treatment of HF; Implement cardiopulmonary stress testing to assess appropriateness of heart transplantation for a patient with advanced heart disease.

Heart Diseases and Anesthesia, Part

Create an appropriate perioperative anesthesia plan for a patient with ischemic heart disease; Anticipate perioperative complications related to ischemic heart disease; Identify the 4 valvular lesions with the greatest significance for management of anesthesia; Diagnose valvular heart disease using echocardiography; Outline an anesthesia strategy for the patient with valvular pathology who is to undergo noncardiac surgery.

Insomnia/Chest Pain

Apply the diagnostic criteria for insomnia; Perform an appropriate workup for a patient who presents with insomnia; Choose an appropriate behavioral or pharmacologic therapy for a patient who presents with insomnia; Formulate a differential diagnosis for chest pain; Use principles of clinical epidemiology to assess the utility of stress testing in a patient with chest pain.

Heart Diseases and Anesthesia, Part 2

Manage arrhythmias and cardiac rhythm management devices during the perioperative period; Determine whether aggressive treatment of hypertension is needed before and during surgery; Optimize perioperative management of heart failure; Select appropriate measures for the perioperative management of pulmonary edema, pulmonary hypertension, cardiogenic shock, cardiac tamponade and constrictive pericarditis; Recognize distinct medication requirements of heart transplant recipients.

Women?s Health/Neurology

Assess risk for cardiovascular disease in women; Optimize risk management of cardiovascular disease in women; Identify risk factors for cognitive decline; Counsel patients with multiple sclerosis about lifestyle changes that may affect disease severity; Determine whether imaging of the brain is appropriate for a patient presenting with headache.


Cardiovascular Disorders/Cardiovascular Infections

Differentiate benign from pathologic heart murmurs; Recognize genetic syndromes associated with congenital heart disease; Identify etiologies of congestive heart failure; Diagnose cardiovascular infection based on a patient?s history and clinical presentation; Implement guidelines for prophylaxis before dental procedures.

Congenital Heart Disease/Kawasaki Disease

Distinguish among acyanotic and cyanotic congenital heart defects; Evaluate findings on physical examination and imaging of children with suspected congenital heart disease; Provide appropriate medical management of congenital heart defects not requiring immediate surgery; Diagnose Kawasaki disease; Recognize the risks associated with missed diagnoses of incomplete Kawasaki disease.