Reducing vascular events and disease progression in type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and optimizing delivery of care
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Activity Description / Statement of Need:
In this online, self-learning activity:
Cardiovascular (CV) disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in adults worldwide, accounting for around one-third of mortality in the United States. High blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity are health conditions that can increase the risk of heart disease, and over half of American adults have at least one major risk factor for adverse cardiovascular events. In particular, T2DM is a risk factor, with CV events implicated in the mortality of two-thirds of patients with T2DM. About one and a half million new cases of diabetes mellitus are diagnosed in in the United States each year, and the incidence of T2DM is increasing owing in part to Western-style diets, sedentary lifestyle, and changing demographics, and the disease is the largest contributor to a number of vascular outcomes, including end-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD) and blindness in individuals under age 75. CKD is itself a major CVD risk factor and affects millions, yet the literature shows that patients with CKD are underserved with respect to CV risk reduction efforts.
This activity has been proposed to enhance the knowledge, competence, and performance of several members of HCPs in mitigating heart and kidney disease risk in patients with T2DM while addressing barriers to optimal care.
The following HCPs: Endocrinologists, nephrologists, cardiologists, and primary care physicians; certified diabetes educators, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who practice in diabetes and endocrinology; and any other HCPs with an interest in or who clinically encounter patients with diabetes.