Cardiology Update for Primary Care
Friday, July 11, 2014
Grand Hyatt Hotel
721 Pine Street
Despite major progress in the development of effective therapies to reduce mortality and morbidity from cardiovascular disease, it remains the leading cause of mortality in this country. Although evidence-based guidelines and effective treatments exist, there is a wide therapeutic gap between guidelines and practice. Reducing this gap has the potential to save lives. Primary-care providers are at the forefront of assessment, management and follow-up of patients with cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular core competencies for the primary-care provider include hypertension, dyslipidemia, anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapies, primary and secondary prevention of coronary artery disease, imaging, congestive heart failure and management of the complex cardiovascular patient in the managed-care era. To improve patient care and outcomes, the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and American Academy of Family Physicians has pushed for performance and quality measures in cardiovascular care. Utilizing a case-based format, audience response questions and panel discussions with audience Q & A, expert faculty will review the cardiovascular core competencies for primary care, address the gap between guidelines and practice, underutilization of medications and procedures, discuss motivational interviewing to improve patient-physician communication and review evidence-based treatments in the management of patients with cardiovascular disease.