Evolving Strategies of Care in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Pulmonary Disease
Curriculum:
Evolving Strategies of Care in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Integrating the Data into Practice
Credits:
1 AANP Contact Hours 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Launch Date:
September 06, 2018
Expiration Date:
September 05, 2019

Primary Audience:

Primary Care Physicians; Nurse Practitioners (NPs); Physician Assistants (PAs); and other clinicians.

Relevant Terms:

Pulmonary arterial hypertension; pulmonary hypertension; dsypnea

Franck Rahaghi, MD, MHS, FCCP

Franck Rahaghi, MD, MHS, FCCP
Director of Advanced Lung Disease Clinic
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
Chairman, Dept. of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Weston, FL

Dr. Franck Rahaghi graduated from the University of California San Diego Magna Cum Laude with a degree in biomedical engineering. He subsequently attended the University of California San Francisco where he obtained his doctorate in medicine. He also concurrently attended University of California Berkeley to obtain a degree in public health and health administration. Dr. Rahaghi completed his internship at the University of Minnesota and in his medical residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed his pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the Weil-Cornell campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is the chairman of the department of pulmonary medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Rahaghi was named the Scholar physician of the year at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2012. He holds the positions of Director of Advance Lung Disease Program/ Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, and Director of the Alpha-1 Foundation Clinical Resources Center.
 
 
 
1. Review the risk factors and classification of pulmonary hypertension (PH)
2. Discuss the appropriate diagnostic strategy for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), including the roles of echocardiography, ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scanning, and right heart catheterization (RHC)
3. Review current and emerging treatments for patients with PAH
4. Describe how to monitor patients with PAH for disease progression

Planning Committee
Alexander Duarte, MD
Professor, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
 
Arunabh Talwar, MD, FCCP
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension and Advanced Lung Disease Program
North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York
Professor of Medicine
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine Hofstra/ Northwell Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY
 
Gregg Sherman, MD
Chief Medical Officer/Course Director               
National Association for Continuing Education           
Plantation, FL
 
Sandy Bihlmeyer, M.Ed.
National Association for Continuing Education

Plantation, FL
 
Sheila Lucas, CWEP
National Association for Continuing Education
Plantation, FL
 
Joshua Kilbridge, President
Kilbridge Associates
San Francisco, CA
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a subgroup of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and a chronic, progressive condition characterized by abnormally high pressure in the pulmonary vasculature. PAH has previously been considered a rare disease, but evidence suggests a prevalence of about 15-50 cases per million. In the United States, about 1,000 new cases of PAH are diagnosed each year.
 
The prognosis of PAH has improved with the availability of newer therapies, but outcomes are dependent on early diagnosis and treatment. This activity utilizes segments of a presentation by the faculty recorded at the Emerging Challenges in Primary Care Live Virtual Symposium: 2018, to reinforce teaching points made during this program. This program will address recognizing the signs and symptoms of PAH, performing an appropriate diagnostic evaluation, current treatment paradigm, managing adverse medication events and when to refer to tertiary PH centers.
 
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DISCLOSURE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST:
 
Faculty
Franck Rahaghi, MD, MHS, FCCP serves as a consultant, speaker, and researcher for Actelion, Bayer, and Gilead. He also serves as a consultant and speaker for United Therapeutic.
 
Planning Committee
Alexander Duarte, MD has no financial relationships to disclose.
 
Arunabh Talwar, MD, FCCP serves as a speaker for Boehringer Ingelheim. Dr. Talwar also serves on the advisory board for Genentech.
 
Gregg Sherman, MD, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report. 
 
Sandy Bihlmeyer, M.Ed., has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report. 
 
Sheila Lucas, CWEP, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report. 
 
Harvey Parker, PhD, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report. 
 
Joshua Kilbridge has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report. 
 
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COURSE FORMAT/MEDIUM: Internet CME Activity
 
ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE: 60 minutes
 
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This activity is sponsored by National Association for Continuing Education.
 
                          
This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
 
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