CME Course

Hypertension: Still a Significant Health Concern

This activity will address why hypertension is an important clinical condition, what causes hypertension, and current innovative measures and/or programs to detect and manage hypertension for the individual as well as at a population level.

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Target Audience

This activity is of value to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. The information may benefit other members of the healthcare team.

Description

Heart disease or cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and now globally. It is appropriate that we continue to educate clinicians and citizens of the pathophysiology, clinical consequences, and management of heart disease. Since hypertension is the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease including its major target organs such as the heart, brain, kidney, and blood vessels, this podcast will be dedicated to hypertension. Areas of discussion that will take place are: why is hypertension an important clinical condition, what causes hypertension, and what are some current innovative measures and/or programs to detect and manage hypertension for the individual as well as at a population level.

Course Information

CME Release Date:  February 11, 2020
Valid for credit through: February 11, 2021
Course type:  Audio Podcast
Estimated time of completion: 30 minutes

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 Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of .50 hours of Category I credit for completing this activity.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals

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 course description, accreditation information, and disclosure information.
  • Login below to access the content and resources for further study.
  • 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 successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Resources

  • World Health Organization Global Hearts Initiative: HEARTS Technical Package
  • DiPette DJ, Skeete J, Ridley E, et al. Fixed-dose combination pharmacologic therapy to improve hypertension control worldwide: Clinical perspective and policy implications. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich) 2019;21:4-15.
  • Patel P, Ordunez P, DiPette D, et al. Improved Blood Pressure Control to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Morbidity and Mortality: The Standardized Hypertension Treatment and Prevention Project. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich) 2016;18:1284-1294.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Dr. Donald DiPette MD, FACP, FAHA is currently the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He has previously held the positions of Special Assistant to the Provost for Health Affairs, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina. Previously, he was Interim Senior Executive Dean and Chairman of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine.

The following individuals, unless otherwise noted, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Jennifer S. Price, MA, SMA Education Manager
Donald DiPette MD, FACP, FAHA

Course Materials

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