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Are You Applying the Latest Lipid Guideline Updates? A Virtual Patient Case

  • Authors: Christopher P. Cannon, MD
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 5/28/2021
  • Valid for credit through: 5/28/2022
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for cardiologists and primary care physicians.

The goal of this activity is to improve performance in applying the newest lipid-lowering guidelines.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Demonstrate improved performance associated with
    • Assessing patients to determine risk for a recurrent cardiovascular event
    • Tailoring lipid-lowering therapy in very high-risk patients to reduce the risk for recurrent CV events
    • Ordering nonpharmacologic therapy proven beneficial for patients at high risk for recurrent CV events


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  • Christopher P. Cannon, MD

    Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
    Education Director
    Cardiovascular Innovation
    Preventive Cardiology Section
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Boston, Massachusetts


    Disclosure: Christopher P. Cannon, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: 
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: Aegerion; Alnylam; Amarin; Amgen; Applied Therapeutics; Ascendia; Boehringer-Ingelheim; Bristol Myers Squibb; Corvidia; Eli Lilly; HLS Therapeutics; Innovent; Janssen: Kowa; Merck; Pfizer; Rhoshan; Sanofi
    Received grants for clinical research from: Amgen; Boehringer-Ingelheim; Bristol Myers Squibb; Daiichi Sankyo; Janssen; Merck; Novo Nordisk; Pfizer


  • Lih-Fan Chang, MD, MPH

    Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC 


    Disclosure: Lih-Fan Chang, MD, MPH, has disclosed no financial relationships.  

  • Terra M. Sumstine

    Writer, Chichester Associates Inc, Phoenix, Arizona


    Disclosure: Terra M. Sumstine has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME Reviewer/Nurse Planner

  • Hazel Dennison, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CHCP, CPHQ, CNE

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Hazel Dennison, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CHCP, CPHQ, CNE, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Medscape, LLC staff have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer

This activity has been peer reviewed and the reviewer has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
Owns stock, stock options, or bonds from: Roche Diagnostics

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Are You Applying the Latest Lipid Guideline Updates? A Virtual Patient Case

Authors: Christopher P. Cannon, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 5/28/2021

Valid for credit through: 5/28/2022



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