Full-day seminar Saturday will review the latest advances in clinical cardiovascular care for primary care physicians, nurses and other general practitioners.
The “State of the Art Cardiovascular Care 2017,” which begins at 9:30 a.m. in Ballroom A, 3rd Level (Main Building), will cover a wide range of topics, including cardiovascular screening of asymptomatic patients, atrial fibrillation, hypertension, heart failure, dyslipidemia, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, and genetics and pharmacogenomics.
“We developed this seminar in response to feedback we received from Scientific Sessions attendees looking for more programming geared toward internists, family medicine physicians and nurses, who are often the front-line providers for patients with cardiovascular disease,” said Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD, MPH, chair of the committee that planned the seminar. “The goal is to provide general practitioners with the most current information on diagnosis, treatment and prevention.”
The seminar will include a discussion of evidence-based cardiovascular therapies for patients with diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Previous generations of medications were either effective for diabetes but didn’t affect cardiovascular risk, or treated diabetes successfully but increased cardiovascular risk, Musunuru said. However, several large studies in the past few years evaluated drugs found to reduce cardiovascular risk in patients with diabetes.
“Those are some relatively new findings that the general practitioner may not be very familiar with yet,” said Musunuru, assistant professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University and associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
The seminar includes two AF presentations focusing on emerging research findings that can be applied to patients now, he said.
The first will review initial treatment considerations and provide tips for primary care providers for patients when they are first diagnosed with AF. The second talk will review more advanced forms of the disease, including recommendations for referring to a cardiologist or cardiac electrophysiologist.
The seminar will be videotaped and available as an online course with self-assessment material.
“Our hope is that this seminar will become an annual event and set the stage for additional future programming at Scientific Sessions directed toward general practitioners,” Musunuru said.