Mellissa Visit 1: Patient-centric Approaches to Dyslipidemia: Risk Recognition and Management of Low HDL-C


Mellissa Visit 1: Patient-centric Approaches to Dyslipidemia: Risk Recognition and Management of Low HDL-C

Topic: Cardiology
Relevant Terms: Cardiometabolic Risk, Dyslipidemia
Primary Audience: Cardiologists; Primary Care Physicians; Pharmacists; Nurses and Registered Dietitians
Launch Date: 08-Mar-11
Credits: 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
0.5 ACPE contact hour
0.5 ANCC contact hour
0.5 CDR continuing professional education unit
Expiration Date: The accreditation for this activity has expired.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the strategy of HDL-C raising and aggressive LDL-C lowering as effective targets of treatment in light of recent clinical trial results.
  2. Highlight current concepts in how to diagnose and how and when, and in whom, to treat pathologic states of HDL in clinical patients.
  3. Discuss all of the current therapeutic approaches to therapeutically raising HDL levels, emphasizing those that will be available to clinicians first.


    James Underberg, MD, MS, FACPM, FACP, FNLA
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine 
    NYU Medical School 
    Director, Primary Care Lipid Management Clinic
    Bellevue Hospital Lipid Clinic
    New York, New York
    Danielle Duffy, MD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Division of Cardiology
    Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University
    Philadelphia, PA
    Jan L. McAlister, MSN, APRN, FPCNA, CLS, AACC
    Adult Nurse Practitioner
    Piedmont Heart Institute
    Atlanta, GA
    Target Audience
    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses and registered dietitians interested in lipid management.

    Criteria for Success
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    Commercial Support
    This continuing education activity is supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.


     CME credit provided by the National Lipid Association.

    The National Lipid Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The National Lipid Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Physician Assistant
    AAPA accepts Category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

    CE credit provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare.

    AKH Inc. is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 0.5 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this program/material. Provider #AN008. The focus of this activity is rated Level 2.

    AKH Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's COA.

    AKH Inc. designates this educational activity for 0.5 contact hours (0.05 CEU). Accreditation applies solely to educational activities and does not imply approval or endorsement of any commercial product by the ANCC-COA.


    AKH Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. AKH Inc. approves this knowledge-based activity for 0.5 contact hours (0.05 CEU). UAN 0077-9999-11-016-H04-P. Initial Release Date: 02/01/2011.

    Faculty Disclosure Statement
    It is the policy of NLA and AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflict of interest is resolved by NLA and AKH prior to accreditation of the activity. NLA and AKH planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

    Dr. Underberg has received research grant from Genzyme. He has also received honorarium from speakers bureau for Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., diaDexus, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, LipoScience, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Merck/Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Dr. Duffy has received research grants from Roche, Abbott Laboratories, and Forest Pharmaceuticals. 

    Ms. McAlister has acted as an educator for Alere and received honorarium for speakers bureau from Abbott Laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline, and Merck & Co., Inc.

    Unlabeled and Investigational Usage
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