A Virtual Reality in Practice View: Decreasing Cardiovascular Risk for Patients with Persistent Hypercholesterolemia

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Christie M Ballantyne, MD
Vice Chair of Research, Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Molecular and Human Genetics
Professor of Medicine, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Baylor College of Medicine
Director, The Maria and Alando J. Ballantyne, M.D. Atherosclerosis Clinical Research Laboratory
Co-Director, Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis Clinic
Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX

Michael Davidson, MD
Professor, Director of the Lipid Clinic
The University of Chicago
Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL


This case-based simulcast will cover the treatment and management of patients with cardiovascular disease due to hypercholesterolemia.


This activity is intended for lipidologists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, and other healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) due to hypercholesterolemia.


Upon completion of the CME activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Discuss how lowering LDL-C levels can reduce CVD risk in patients with persistently elevated cholesterol levels
  • Review clinical trial data on nonstatin LDL-C–lowering agents in patients with persistently elevated LDL-C levels and evidence regarding their positioning in treatment regimens
  • Describe best practices for identifying and managing patients with persistently elevated LDL-C levels and at high risk for CVD


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Med Learning Group designates this online activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent for their participation in the online activity.


This program would be beneficial for nurses involved in the treatment and management of patients with cardiovascular disease.

CNE Credits:
1.5 ANCC Contact Hour(s)

CNE Accreditation Statement:
Ultimate Medical Academy/CCM is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Awarded 1.5 contact hour(s) of continuing nursing education of RNs and APNs.


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Dr. Ballantyne has contracted research for Abbott Diagnostics, Akcea Therapeutics, Amarin Pharma Inc., Amgen, Esperion, Novartis, Regeneron, Roche Diagnostics, Sanofi-Synthelabo, and NIH.

Dr. Ballantyne has received consulting fees from Abbott Diagnostics, Akcea, Amarin Pharma Inc., Amgen, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Denka Seiken, Esperion, Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Janssen, Matinas Biopharma Inc., Merck, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Regeneron, Roche Diagnostics, and Sanofi Synthelabo.

Dr. Davidson has received consulting fees and is on the speakers bureaus of Amgen, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi Regeneron and Genzyme Corporation.

CME Content Review
The content of this activity was independently peer-reviewed.
The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose.

CNE Content Review
The content of this activity was independently peer reviewed.
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During the course of this lecture, the faculty may mention the use of medications for both FDA-approved and non-approved indications.


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1. Read the CME/CNE information and faculty disclosures.
2. Participate in the enduring activity.
3. Submit the evaluation form to Med Learning Group.

You will receive your certificate as a downloadable file.


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RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2019

EXPIRATION DATE: June 14, 2020

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