Redefining and Refining the Treatment Approaches to Cardiovascular Medicine

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ACPE Universal Activity Number

Activity Type

CE Hours
12 (General or Consultant Recertification)


Dates Available
02/10/2016 – 02/10/2019

Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, PharmD, MS, FACC, FAHA
Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Larry Lopez, PharmD, FCCP,
Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy and Medicine
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

David Parra, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Palm Beach, FL

Augustus (Rob) Hough IV, PharmD, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist/Associate Director PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Palm Beach, FL

Kevin Clauson, PharmD
Associate Professor Lipscomb
University College of Pharmacy, Nashville, TN

Jacintha Cauffield, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor of Pharmacy
Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL

Douglas Jennings, PharmD, AACC, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL



This course will cover working within the many guidelines currently available in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, dyslipidemia, anticoagulation, ischemic heart disease and others. Course materials will help pharmacists in their quest for more effective drug therapy management knowledge and skills.

Course is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy for 12 consultant recertification hours. 



At the completion of this seminar pharmacists will be able to:

  • Recognize the primary genetic defects and secondary causes of dyslipidemia.
  • Describe the development and complications of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
  • Apply 2013 ACC/AHA Guidelines on the treatment of blood cholesterol for patients who may have, or who may be at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
  • Design an appropriate treatment regimen, considering a patient’s age, history and lipid profile, for primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
  • Identify hypertension-related target organ damage and state treatment regimens designed to prevent this damage.
  • State the overall goals for treating hypertension and identify specific blood pressure goals for patients when given patient information.
  • Describe individual considerations for antihypertensive management in elderly and very elderly patients, African American patients, children and adolescents, patients with erectile dysfunction, and in pregnancy.
  • Determine and list appropriate therapy according to the 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults (JNC 8).
  • Describe the epidemiology and pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease.
  • Discuss appropriate treatment modalities for ischemic heart disease and, as a team participant, determine an appropriate pharmacotherapeutic plan of treatment for this condition.
  • Compare target-specific oral anticoagulants (TSOACs) with vitamin K antagonists and low molecular weight heparin in advantages and disadvantages.
  • Review the mechanism of action and pharmacokinetics of TSOACs.
  • Discuss the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Risk Calculator and demonstrate its use in determining the risk for three people of varying ages.
  • Demonstrate the NIH Risk Assessment Tool for estimating a person’s 10-year risk of myocardial infarction based on Framingham Heart Study information.


Course Completion Requirements

A passing grade of 70% of above on each quiz is required to achieve credit for this course. Credit will be posted to CPE Monitor and CE Broker where applicable. To view or print your CE credit statements, visit your NABP profile. Course must be completed within one year of registration.


Computer Requirements

Supported Browsers: Because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Canvas supports the most recent versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and 11
  • Chrome 42 and 43
  • Safari 7 and 8
  • Firefox 37 and 38 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 16 and 17 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser(supporting the latest system requirements)

Required Components: Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences.

Internet Connection: A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. Slower connections should still be able to access e-Learning, but will take longer to load. A wired Ethernet connection is more dependable for test-taking than a wireless connection. Special Note about Satellite service: Some users with satellite Internet service may find their online courses do not load quickly or consistently due to satellite network design issues.



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