2014 CME Symposia - Breakfast Symposium A

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CME Breakfast Symposium A

Thursday · 6:15 - 7:45am

The Triglycerides Conundrum: Practical Clinical Guidance for Reducing Residual CV Risk

Supported by an educational grant from Amarin Pharma, Inc.

Symposium Overview

Against the backdrop of escalating rates of obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, hypertriglyceridemia is an increasingly relevant issue facing clinicians in their routine practice and cannot be ignored. Our faculty of nationally recognized experts will address current controversies in triglyceride management with the goal of providing the insight, strategies and practical guidance to effectively manage persistently elevated triglycerides in patients who remain at high CV risk. This symposium will evaluate the available triglyceride-lowering therapies, with a focus on omega-3 fatty acids, comparing and contrasting data on their safety, tolerability, differential effects on lipid-lowering and cardio-protective benefits.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate current guideline recommendations concerning lipid management in patients with elevated triglycerides and/or mixed dyslipidemia to clinical practice.
  • Describe the genetic and physiologic mechanisms by which elevated triglycerides impact cardiovascular risk.
  • Assess the impact of diet, nutrient intake, and therapeutic lifestyle change in modifying elevated triglycerides and associated cardiovascular risk.
  • Evaluate the safety, efficacy, tolerability, differential lipid-lowering effects and cardiovascular outcomes data on available therapeutic strategies for lowering triglycerides, including niacin, fibrates, and prescription omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Enhance clinical decision-making when managing patients with elevated triglycerides and/or mixed dyslipidemia to optimize patient outcomes.

Preliminary Agenda & Faculty

6:15 - 6:20am Opening Remarks Chairperson: Harold E. Bays, MD
6:20 - 6:40am The Relationship of Triglycerides to Cardiovascular Disease: To Treat or Not To Treat? Presenter: Christie M. Ballantyne, MD
6:40 - 7:00am Lifestyle Matters: What's the Real Role of Nutritional and Lifestyle Interventions in Hypertriglyceridemia Management? Presenter: Harold E. Bays, MD
7:00 - 7:20am Reducing Triglyceride Levels in At-Risk Patients: What Are Clinicians to Do? Presenter: Eliot A. Brinton, MD
7:20 - 7:45am Expert Opinion and Best Practices for Managing Triglycerides and Residual CV Risk:
Interactive, Case-Based Scenarios, Panel Discussion and Debate along with Audience Q&A
Moderator: Harold E. Bays, MD
Discussants: Eliot A. Brinton, MD; Christie M. Ballantyne, MD

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