Goals and Objectives

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans suffer from hypertension, making it the nation’s #1 most common medical condition.  Only 58% of patients diagnosed with hypertension are receiving adequate treatment, therefore, physicians have the opportunity to recognize barriers and institute improvements for better outcomes.  This activity will highlight the improvements in BP control rates, the proper way to take BP, definitions of white-coat and masked hypertension and the importance of out-of-office BP measurement. It will review the classes of antihypertensive drugs indicated for first-line treatment for hypertension and the differing targets for BP control based on the recent SPRINT trial. It will highlight efforts to improve current BP control rates to what can be achieved in the Kaiser Permanente Health Program when using their algorithm for BP control.  Upon Completion, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Understand the epidemiology of hypertension, recent improvements in BP control rates for hypertension, and the proper way to measure BP;
  • Review the SPRINT trial and how it influenced the new HTN guideline dealing with BP targets recommended to improve CV and renal outcomes;
  • Recognize which classes of antihypertensive agents are recommended as first-line agents in the treatment of hypertension;

Course Information

CME Release Date: December 27th, 2017
Valid for credit through:  December 27th, 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  1 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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