Felicia Visit 1: A Middle-Aged Woman Presenting with Exertional Dyspnea


Felicia Visit 1: A Middle-Aged Woman Presenting with Exertional Dyspnea

Topic: Pulmonary Disease
Relevant Terms: Cardiology, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Primary Audience: Cardiologists, Critical Care Physicians, Pulmonologists
Launch Date: 03-Jan-13
Credits: 0.5 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. Compare the risks and benefits of PAH therapeutic options for individual patients.
  3. Select preferred treatment options based on guidelines for the most critically ill patients with PAH.
  4. Outline current evidence regarding combination treatment approaches for patients with PAH.


    Vallerie V. McLaughlin, MD
    Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Aryeh Fischer, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Division of Rheumatology
    University of Colorado Denver
    Interstitial Lung Disease Program
    National Jewish Health
    Denver, CO
    Michael A. Mathier, MD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
    Associate Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA
    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. McLaughlin discloses that she served as a consultant for: Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd; Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals; Gilead Sciences, Inc.; and United Therapeutics Corporation. She served as a speaker or a member of a speakers bureau for: Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd; Gilead Sciences, Inc.; United Therapeutics Corporation. She has received grants for clinical research from: Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd; Gilead Sciences, Inc.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; 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.

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

    Release Date: January 3, 2013
    Expiration Date: January 3, 2014

    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
    30 minutes
    Viewing Requirements
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    Commercial Support Statement
    This activity was supported by educational grants from Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and United Therapeutics Corporation.

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