CME Instructions - February 2015

Cardiology Review® OnlineFebruary 2015
Volume 31
Issue 1

Click here to read the statement of need, learning objectives, instructions on how to obtain CME credit, faculty list and disclosures, and other information for this activity.

CME Reviews: Volume 31, No. 1

Release date: March 30, 2015

Expiration date: March 30, 2016

Media used: Internet-based

Estimated time to complete this CME activity: 1 hour

Statement of Need

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that 83 million American adults have 1 or more forms of CVD. New agents, procedures, and interventions have improved patient outcomes, with decreased mortality and morbidity rates. However, as the population ages and younger adults develop comorbidities due to unhealthy lifestyles, the patient population at risk for cardiovascular events is increasing.

Care for patients with CVD has become increasingly complex, and community-based cardiologists often struggle to stay up-to-date with the volume of new data. The overall goals of this publication are to provide timely and pertinent original research articles that review current guidelines, practices, and new developments in the field of cardiovascular medicine. The publication also emphasizes preventing CVD by modifying risk factors through such strategies as healthy eating, regular exercise, and avoidance of smoking.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is cardiologists.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

1. Explain the U-shaped association of body mass index (BMI) with all-cause mortality among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

2. Describe the association between the use of beta-blockers and outcomes in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

3. Evaluate the strategy for patients with moderate intermittent claudication with respect to vascularization as featured in the study by Nordanstig et al.

4. Explain how fish consumption, as part of a comprehensive health plan, affects acute coronary syndromes.

5. Explainhow to integrate the findings of the study by Lindau et al on postMI sexuality into practice.

Financial Disclosure

As a sponsor accredited by the ACCME, it is the policy of Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC (PER®), to require the disclosure of anyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity. All relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests and/or manufacturers must be disclosed to participants prior to the beginning of each CME activity. PER has identified and resolved all conflicts of interest prior to the release of this activity.

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose:

Authors: Alison Baily, MD; Leslie Campbell, MD; Saurav Chatterjee, MD; NezarFalluji, MD; Niki Katsiki, MD; Dimitri Mikhailitis, MD; Maryna Popp Switzer, DO

Planner, reviewer, and editor in chief: Debabrata Mukherjee, MD, MS, FACC

PER® planners and staff: Ann C. Lichti, CCMEP; Emily Valko Lohrmann; and Jackie Syrop

Cardiology Review staff: Todd Kunkler

Off-Label Disclosure and Disclaimer

This CME activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient’s medical condition.

Sources of Funding

No educational grants from commercial interests were received.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

In order to receive a CME certificate for this activity, participants must:

  • Read each CME Review article in its entirety.
  • Go to this link:
  • Click on the "Request CME Credit" button in the yellow box, log in, and take the post-test.
  • Participants must complete the post-test and pass with a score of 70% or higher, complete the evaluation, and submit a request for credit. Participants may immediately download a CME certificate upon completion of these steps.

Accreditation and Designation of Credit

Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Editor in Chief:

Debabrata Mukherjee, MD, MS, FACC

Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine

Clinical and Research Fellow

Vice Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

El Paso, TX

Alison L. Bailey, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation

Associate Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program

Gill Heart Institute

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

Leslie Campbell, MD, FACC

Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant

Barry S. Levin, M.D. Department of Transplantation

California Pacific Medical Center

San Francisco, CA

Saurav Chatterjee, MD

Fellow, Cardiovascular Diseases

Division of Cardiology

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

New York, NY

Nezar Falluji, MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI

Interventional Cardiologist

Executive Director, Kentucky One Health Cardiovascular Service Line

Co-director, Trans-catheter Valve Program

Saint Joseph Heart and Vascular Institute

Lexington, KY

Maryna Popp Switzer, DO

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

El Paso, TX

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