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Pulmonary Hypertension Spotlight

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The PH Spotlight will address topics including guideline and treatment algorithm updates, the role of risk stratification in treatment selection, diagnostic and therapeutic challenges, treatment of critically ill patients, and treatment of patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH).

Supported in part by an educational grant from Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Course Objectives

After completing this online course, you will be able to:

  1. Determine if the upfront triple combination strategy is superior to the dual combination.
  2. Identify common causes of acute decompensation of right heart failure in a pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patient and prognostic factors on admission to ICU.
  3. Identify the current echocardiographic criteria for assessment of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction/pulmonary venous hypertensive disease.
  4. Review issues in the catherization lab that may lead to an incorrect diagnosis.
  5. Review the epidemiology, natural history, and treatment options of scleroderma-PAH.

Item Number: 7207.65

Sandeep Sahay, MD, FCCP
Assistant Professor
Weill Cornell Medical College
Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX

Raymond L. Benza, MD, FCCP
Professor and Director
Division of Cardiovascular Diseases
Bob and Corrine Frick Endowed Chair of Heart Failure
Department of Medicine
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH

Kevin Chan, MD, FCCP
Michigan Medicine
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Robert P. Frantz, MD
Director, Mayo Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN

Harrison W. Farber, MD, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Center
Boston University/Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

Deborah Jo Levine, MD, MS, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medical
Director of Lung Transplantation
Director of Pulmonary Hypertension
University of Texas Health San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Jean M. Elwing, MD, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Directory, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Sarah Medrek, MD
Assistant Professor
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Ronald J. Oudiz, MD, FACP, FACC, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Director, Liu Center for Pulmonary Hypertension
Division of Cardiology
Los Angles Biomedical Research Institute
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Michael S. Eggert, MD, FCCP
Medical Director
Regional Clinical Program in Pulmonary Hypertension
Sentara Heart Hospital/Eastern Virginia School of Medicine
Norfolk, VA

Francisco J. Soto, MD, MS, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

Richard A. Krasuski, MD
Professor of Medicine
Duke University
Durham, NC

Vijay P. Balasubramanian, MD, FCCP
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Trushil G. Shah, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Pulmonary Hypertension Program, CTEPH Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Sonja D. Bartolome, MD, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary and Critical Care
Associate Director
Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Director, CTEPH Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Dana McGlothlin, MD, FACC
Director, KP NCAL Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist
Cardiology Department
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Erika S. Berman Rosenzweig, MD
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center
Directory, CTEPH Program
Associate Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Professor of Pediatrics
Columbia University Medical Center
NY Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY

Reda E. Girgis, MD, FCCP
Medical Director, Lung Transplantation
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program
Professor of Medicine, MSU College of Human Medicine
Grand Rapids, MI

Christopher J. Mullin, MD, MHS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Brown Medicine
Providence, RI

Monica Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Hilary M. Dubrock, MD, MMSc
Assistant Professor
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

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Pulmonary Hypertension Spotlight

To complete the CME Activity Evaluation for the Pulmonary Hypertension Spotlight, claim CME/CE credits, and download CME/CE certificates and certificates of attendance (COA), please see the instructions below. You must complete your evaluation and download your certificate prior to the product expiration date.

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Physician Credit

The American College of Chest Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Chest Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16433, for 5.0 contact hours.

Nurse Practitioners

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCP for further guidelines.

Physician Assistants

American Academy of Physician Assistants (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. PAs may receive a maximum of 5.0 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

Maintenance of Certification Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 5.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC points.

Upon successful completion of this course, CHEST will submit your completion data to ABIM via ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for MOC points. Please allow 3-5 business days after claiming for points to be reflected on your ABIM record.


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