Goals and Objectives

This session presented will be of benefit to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners specializing or certified in the areas of hypertension. Other specialists may also benefit from the wide array of topics.

The Southeastern United States features the highest concentrations of people living with stroke risk factors, including high blood pressure. The failure to control hypertension is mostly the result of ineffective education of society, of those at risk, and of the healthcare team. Healthcare providers must communicate the importance to their patients that lowering blood pressure improves quality of life and reduces the risk for stroke. This activity will outline specific factors and interventions that have proven successful in reducing stroke, and clinical practice guidelines outlining target blood pressures. Upon Completion, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Differentiate the population risk of elevated blood pressure;
  • Recognize the evidence and impact of lowering of elevated blood pressure;
  • Recognize the process and considerations of target blood pressures of clinical practice guidelines.

Course Information

CME Release Date: November 16th, 2017
Valid for credit through:  November 16th, 2018
Course type:  Video lecture
Sponsored in part by:  SMA Services, Inc.


Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.


Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Study the educational content and references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon completion of the evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed within 2 weeks.  Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you can contact Southern Medical Association for a duplicate copy of your credit.

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