Opportunities to Improve Outcomes in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension


Opportunities to Improve Outcomes in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Topic: Pulmonary Disease
Relevant Terms: Cardiology, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Primary Audience: Cardiologists, Critical Care Physicians, Pulmonologists
Launch Date: 07-Aug-12
Credits: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Expiration Date: The accreditation for this activity has expired.
Curriculum Name: Improving the Quality of Patient Care in Pulmonary Hypertension

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Follow guideline recommendations for use of multiple diagnostic tests to accurately diagnosis PAH.
  2. Determine the World Health Organization functional class of PAH in individual patients.
  3. Compare risk-benefit profiles of treatment options for patients with PAH.
  4. Appropriately monitor the status and progression of PAH after treatment has begun.


    Aryeh Fischer, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Division of Rheumatology
    University of Colorado Denver
    Interstitial Lung Disease Program
    National Jewish Health
    Denver, CO
    Todd M. Bull, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine
    Department of Medicine
    University of Colorado Denver
    Denver, CO
    James R. Klinger, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Division of Pulmonary, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine
    Rhode Island Hospital
    Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    Providence, RI
    Disclosure Statements
    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. 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. Bull discloses that he has served on the advisory board of Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd., and has received grant support from United Therapeutics Corporation.

    Dr. Klinger discloses that he has conducted contracted research for Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Bayer Corporation, Gilead Sciences, Pfizer Inc., and United Therapeutics Corporation. He has also served as a consultant and on advisory boards for Bayer Corporation and United Therapeutics Corporation, and on the speakers' bureau for Gilead Sciences.

    Activity planners and reviewers have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

    Accreditation and Designation 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 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Release Date: August 7, 2012
    Expiration Date: August 7, 2013

    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 on the post-test.
    • All other participants who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive a certificate of participation.
    Estimated Time to Complete
    60 minutes
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    Commercial Support Statement
    This activity was supported by unrestricted educational grants from Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and United Therapeutics Corporation.

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