Todd M. Bull, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Colorado Denver
Aryeh Fischer, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
University of Colorado Denver
Interstitial Lung Disease Program
National Jewish Health
Michael A. Mathier, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Associate Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program
University of Pittsburgh
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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare, devastating, progressive disorder characterized by high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. Early symptoms of PAH include dyspnea, dizziness and fatigue. In later stages, PAH often leads to severe disability and death. Clinicians play an important role in improving outcomes for patients with PAH through rapid referral, when warranted, accurate diagnosis and disease classification, provision of optimal treatment for each patient, and consistent monitoring. A rapid pace of development has led to new insight into diagnostic approaches and treatment options for PAH. The primary goal of this continuing education activity is to enhance competency and build additional skills among pulmonologists and cardiologists in the management of PAH, ultimately improving symptoms, exercise tolerance, quality of life, and long-term outcomes in patients with PAH.
. Target Audience
This activity is designed for cardiologists, critical care physicians, pulmonologists, and other clinicians interested in PAH.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Follow guideline recommendations for use of multiple diagnostic tests to accurately diagnosis PAH.
Compare risk-benefit profiles of treatment options for patients with PAH.
Select preferred treatment options based on guidelines for patients with class II or early III symptoms of PAH.
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, National Jewish Health requires that all persons in a position to control the content of a CME activity, including the CME review committee, disclose all significant financial interest with commercial interests.
Dr. Bull discloses that he has served on the advisory board of Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd., and has received grant support from United Therapeutics Corporation.
Dr. Fischer discloses that he has received grant support from Gilead Sciences, and has served as a consultant and on the advisory board for Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Dr. Mathier discloses that he has served as a consultant for Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Gilead Sciences, and United Therapeutics, and has received grant funding from Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dr. Harold Nelson (independent reviewer) discloses he is a consultant for Merck, Shionogi, and Pearl Pharmaceuticals, and an investigator for Lincoln Diagnostics, Rigel, and Circassia.
All other activity planners and reviewers have no conflicts of interest to disclose. Credit Statements
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of National Jewish Health and MCM Education. National Jewish Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
National Jewish Health designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY AND OBTAINING CME CREDIT
There are no fees for participating in and receiving CME credit for this online educational activity. By reviewing the course content and successfully completing the post-test and evaluation, clinicians are entitled to receive credit. The statement of credit will be available to print from your user history page.
• Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
• Participate in the activity
• Complete the post-test and activity evaluation
• Clinicians who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive a CME certificate; successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 80% correct
• All other participants who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive a certificate of participation
Commercial Support Statements
This activity was supported by unrestricted educational grants from Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and United Therapeutics Corporation.
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