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Program Detail

Release Date: December-20-12
Credit Expiration Date: December-20-13


Benjamin J. Ansell, MD FACC, FACP, FNLA
Professor of Medicine
UCLA School of Medicine
Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Cardiology
Los Angeles, CA

Program Chair
Peter P. Toth, MD, PhD
Director of Preventive Cardiology
Sterling Rock Falls Clinic, Ltd.
Chief of Medicine, CGH Medical Center
Sterling, Illinois
Clinical Professor
University of Illinois School of Medicine
Peoria, IL

Credit Hours




Program Description

The goal of this educational activity is to expand the ability of health care professionals to successfully manage and treat residual risk in cardiovascular disease (CVD) due to abnormally low or dysfunctional HDL. This interactive-newsletter will evaluate HDL-C as a tool to assess an individual's cardiovascular risk and examine the various atheroprotective functions of HDL and their role in determining CHD risk.

Program Developer/Facilitator


Target Audience

Lipidologists, cardiologists, primary care physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses and other clinicians who treat patients with dyslipidemia/residual CVD risk.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this knowledge-based educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the mechanisms involved in the production, metabolism, and functionality of HDL and their relationship to atherogenesis.
  2. Review current evidence on the importance of improving HDL function in addition to elevating HDL levels in the management of residual CVD risk.

    At the conclusion of this activity, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners should be able to provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.


Benjamin J. Ansell, MD FACC, FACP, FNLA, discloses that he has served on the advisory boards of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Inc; holds stock in Amgen and an ownership interest in Bruin Pharma; and has served as a consultant for Genentech.

Peter P. Toth, MD, PhD, discloses that he has served as a consultant for Abbott Laboratories, Inc.; AstraZeneca; Kowa Pharmaceuticals America Inc.; Amgen; Amylin Pharmaceuticals; and Merck and Co., Inc. He has served on the speakers' bureaus of Abbott Laboratories, Inc.; AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim; Merck & Co., Inc.; Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline; and Amylin Pharmaceuticals.

NLA planners and managers have nothing to disclose.

PIM planners and managers, Laura Excell, ND, NP, MS, MA, LPC, NCC, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CCMEP, Jan Schultz, RN, MSN, CCMEP, and Patricia Staples, MSN, NP-C, CCRN, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

MCM Education planners and managers have nothing to disclose.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Investigational Product
This educational activity may include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclosure Declaration
It is the policy of NLA 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 prior to accreditation of the activity. NLA planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Credit Statements

CME credit provided by the National Lipid Association.

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

Physician Assistants
NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits from organizations accredited by ACCME.

CE credit provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Universal Activity Number – 0809-9999-12-385-H01-P (Knowledge)
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for .5 contact hours (0.05 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

This educational activity for .5 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Criteria for Success
Statements of credit will be awarded based on the participant’s successful completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or better and the activity evaluation form. A statement of credit will be available upon completion of an online evaluation/claimed credit form. If you have questions about claiming CME credit, please contact the NLA at If you have questions about claiming CE credit, please contact Postgraduate Institute for Medicine at Please claim credit by December 17, 2013.

For Pharmacists transcript information will be available at within 4 weeks.

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 30 Minutes

Commercial Support Statements

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, USA.


Minimum System Requirements
• Pentium III, 600 MHz or Equivalent Processor • 512 MB of RAM • Windows XP, Vista, or 7 • Mac OS X • 800x600 Monitor Resolution • 16-bit Color • 16 bit Sound Card with Speakers

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Certificate Fee



This course is designed solely to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The course serves as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. The NLA specifically disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through reader’s misunderstanding of content.

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