Certification in Cardiology

Certification in Cardiology Principles

The Restorative Medicine Certification in Cardiology Principles is a virtual program designed for busy medical professionals who are not cardiologists but are working with patients who require functional medicine support for cardiovascular conditions. This evidenced-based program will start with a deep dive into the foundations of cardiovascular disease, including statistics and pathophysiology. Experts will discuss the real impact of lifestyle adjustments related to food choices, diet trends, exercise, environmental toxins, and stress. We’ll review the risk factors, including genetics, cardiac imaging, and share relevant case studies throughout.

Heart failure and lipid management are the two most common cardio conditions seen in patients and will be topics of focus. Attendees will understand what to watch for in heart failure cases and gain a deeper understanding of the etiology of HF with preserved ejection fraction. We’ll review the etiology and pathophysiology of systolic heart failure and its relationship with thyroid conditions and mitochondrial health.

Expert clinicians will explore the etiology of coronary artery disease and the role of oxidative stress and inflammation. Case studies will exemplify the use of herbs and nutrients for lipid management while also presenting a non-traditional viewpoint on the topic of cholesterol.

Treatment options and herb and nutrient indications will be discussed pertaining to the clinical conditions, with supportive case examples to demonstrate real-life outcomes. Expert clinicians will bring different perspectives on the topics, and time will be reserved for audience questions.

Certification Details

This live, virtual course is comprised of three Saturday full-day programs over three months: March 9, April 13, and May 4. All sessions are recorded, and all attendees will receive recordings and up to 11.25 CME*.

To earn a certificate, learners must:

  • Attend at least 2 of the three live Saturday events. Learners can catch up on a missed day by listening to recordings.
  • Complete the quiz that accompanies each Saturday program.

A certificate of completion and/or CME/CE credit(s) will be provided after a learner completes each focus area.

Upon completing all three Saturday programs and passing the quizzes, learners will receive a certificate acknowledging their successful completion of the Certification in Cardiology Principles program.

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Earn 11.25 CME Credits

Earn up to 11.25 CME when you complete the program and pass the short quizzes.
 
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What You'll Learn from Cardiology Experts

  • Review the pathophysiology of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and the role of crucial lifestyle factors such as physical activity, diet, smoking, sleep, and weight management.
  • Assess research on popular diet trends, including keto and low-fat diet plans.
  • Identify and discuss the burden of major environmental factors that impact cardiometabolic health, including air pollution, toxic metals, and manufactured chemicals.
  • Treatment options and case studies to address environmental toxin-related cardiometabolic disorders.
  • Hear different viewpoints on the benefits and risks of statin therapy, including the occurrence of SAMS (statin-associated muscle symptoms), arming you with information to develop your own strategies.
  • Review research data supporting the role of nutrition and supplements in delaying the progression of atherosclerosis.
  • Understand the "Portfolio Diet" and the research evidence related to using select food groups to control cholesterol levels.
  • Insights on the neurohormonal adaptations to heart failure and the pharmaceutical approach to countering the negative effects they bring on ejection fraction and cardiac remodeling.
  • Deep dive into the role of mitochondrial function in heart failure and how it may be vital to improving ejection fraction.
  • Review of cardiovascular genetic screening and the role of monogenic and polygenic risk scores in personalizing cardiovascular risk.
  • Understand basic and advanced cardiac imaging techniques in risk stratification.
  • Understand the role of myocardial energetics in heart failure, including the "thrifty myocardium" hypothesis.

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The AAFP has reviewed Certification in Cardiology Principles and deemed it acceptable for up to 11.25 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 03/09/2024 to 05/04/2024. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency - Providers may choose to include the following in addition to the AAFP credit statement:
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

For all AAFP credit equivalencies and recognition, please see the AAFP Credit System website.