Explore the value of preventive interventions when managing key cardiovascular risk factors.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people now than ever before.1 Factors that increase the risk of heart disease include hypertension, smoking, diabetes, and lipid disorders such as high LDL-cholesterol. Coronary artery disease is largely preventable by managing certain lifestyle-related risk factors and using evidence-based medication when appropriate.
As personalized strategies for prevention become more requisite, there is a clear demand for specialized expertise in the field. The Preventive Cardiology online short course from the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE) offers a practical approach to the prevention of initial and recurrent events. Led by Dr. David Maron, director of preventive cardiology at Stanford Medicine, you’ll learn how to help your patients improve their eating patterns, increase levels of physical activity, lose weight, and stop smoking to lower their risk of CAD. You’ll discover how to assist patients in making behavior change, and when to prescribe medication to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis progression.
1 World Health Organization (December 2020).
In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Credit designationAmerican Medical Association (AMA)
The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 48.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
An empirical tool kit for preventive cardiovascular care that will help you identify and manage CAD risk factors in patients with CAD.
Behavior change techniques to promote cardiovascular health, with a focus on the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits.
The skills and insights to assess and manage hypertension, diabetes, and lipid disorders with non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions.
Gain an integrated approach to patient care as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.
Orientation moduleWelcome to your Online Campus
Module 1Coronary artery disease and its causes
Module 2Behavioral risk factors
Module 5Lipid disorders
Module 6Behavior change strategies
Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.
Is this course for you?
This course aims to empower medical and allied health professionals with a practical perspective to preventing first and recurrent cardiac events in patients. Medical professionals such as doctors, advanced practice practitioners, and nurses will gain a critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients with or at high risk of coronary artery disease. The course offers advanced knowledge of preventive cardiology to facilitate shared decision-making with patients. Allied healthcare workers involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), such as dietitians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, psychologists, and pharmacists will benefit from the course’s focus on lifestyle-related risk factors and guideline-directed medical therapy. Wellness professionals in the vein of sports scientists, caregivers, and life coaches will develop a critical understanding of nutrition and other lifestyle factors in the development and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
An online education that sets you apart
This Stanford Center for Health Education online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals who have already benefited from the opportunity to:
Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online and in your own time.
Enjoy a personalized, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step.
Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones.