Welcome to "Optimizing the Management of High-risk ACS Patients: Exploring Antiplatelet Approaches to Improve Patient Outcomes." This CME-certified initiative is intended for cardiologists, internal medicine physicians, emergency clinicians, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of ACS. A series of live CME-certified activities will be presented at selected hospitals throughout the US during 2014, and an online CME-certified webcourse will be available in July of 2014.
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is the leading cause of mortality and one of the main reasons for hospital admissions. It is estimated that 30% of patients presenting with acute ACS are diabetics and about 30% of patients admitted with acute myocardial infarction are 75 years old or older. These high-risk patients are in a prothrombotic state, which includes increased baseline platelet reactivity that increases the rate of adverse events, resulting in increased rates of hospital readmission and correspondingly increased health care costs.
"Optimizing the Management of High-risk ACS Patients" will provide clinicians with the latest insights on preventing recurrent events in ACS, including current thinking about approaches to achieve more intense antiplatelet activity in high-risk patients. The optimization of post-discharge treatments and the importance of educating patients on adherence to prescribed treatments in order to avoid recurrent ischemic/thrombotic events will also be explored.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Potomac Center for Medical Education and Rockpointe. The Potomac Center for Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Potomac Center for Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category I credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. For information about the accreditation of this program, please email email@example.com.