Overview

This session will explore some of the most relevant questions clinicians have as we approach a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty will review the cardiovascular complications that are directly and indirectly attributed to COVID-19 that have been documented since the onset of the pandemic as sequelae of fear leading to avoidance of prescription medication use, emergency department avoidance, and missed routine healthcare. This session will explore “long” COVID-19 and long-term cardiovascular manifestations and population-level health implications. Faculty will compare COVID-19 to influenza and explore how to distinguish presentation of these viruses. Lastly, we will focus on preventative measures including the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 11/13/2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the pathophysiology of the SARS-COV2 virus in causing direct and indirect myocardial injury and identify cardiovascular risk factors that predispose one to poor outcomes and severity of infection with COVID-19
  • Evaluate the causes of increase in excess deaths since the onset of the pandemic
  • Synthesize the available data to examine short- and long-term population-level health implications of COVID-19 and the pandemic
  • Describe the current epidemiology of COVID-19 and influenza, including predictions for the 2020-2021 influenza season
  • Identify an approach to diagnosis and management of patients presenting with an influenza-like illness
  • Outline best practices for keeping patients safe during cold and flu season

Faculty

Karen Krueger, MD

Instructor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Sadiya S. Khan, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine 
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 
Chicago, IL

Disclosures

The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty.

Karen Krueger, MD: No relevant financial relationships disclosed.

Sadiya S. Khan, MD, MSc: No relevant financial relationships disclosed. 

Jennifer Bierman, MD (Moderator): No relevant financial relationships disclosed. 

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


CME/CE Information

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Accreditation Statement

Pri-Med Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Designation Statement

Pri-Med Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AANP

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of Pri-Med Institute and (name of partner). Pri-Med Institute is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider Number 040308.


Designation Statement

This program has been approved for 1.50 contact hours of continuing education, which includes 0.00 hour of pharmacology.

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MOC Credit Information

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.50 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 


 

Education Partner

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


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