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Aortic Disease I: Diagnosing Aneurysm (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Emergency physicians, cardiologists and adult primary care physicians.

Original Release Date: May 31, 2013
Review Date: May 18, 2016
Expiration Date: May 18, 2019

Description: Screening for aortic aneurysm is under-utilized. It lacks a high profile awareness campaign, colored ribbon or celebrity fund raiser. Elective repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) carries risk that increases with age, making it important to determine whether, who and when to screen. Thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) is frequently familial, develops silently and may manifest for the first time as dissection and sudden death—often mistaken for myocardial infarction. Once identified, entire families can benefit from TAA screening, surveillance and treatment. This monograph will present risk factors for abdominal and thoracic aortic disease, evidence of who may benefit from screening, existing screening recommendations, and recommended imaging modalities.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1) State current screening recommendations for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
2) State current screening recommendations for thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA).
3) Describe the risks of pre-emptive surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
4) Explain why mortality from aortic disease has declined significantly since 1990.
5) Identify recommended imaging modalities for screening of AAA and TAA.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, read the entire monograph online, download to a printer and read, or download and save to your computer. Complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' . $this->title . ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Family Medicine



State Requirements:
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

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Disclosure:  The authors, expert reviewers and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Authors - Read Bios
Medical Writers: Sara N. Fischer, PhD and Ruth Ryan, RN, BSN, MSW, CPHRM 
Expert Reviewers: Frederick Jeff White, III, MD, FACC, FCCP, Ivan M. Sherman, MD, FAAEM, and Randall P. Miller, MD

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

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Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2013

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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This course is offered through Experix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Physicians Insurance, and is based on more than 30 years' experience in providing continuing medical education. This course is complimentary for Physicians Insurance members.

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