Improving Outcomes for Patients with Severe Hypercholesterolemia

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Release date: December 20, 2018
Expiration date: December 20, 2019

Hypercholesterolemia, particularly low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) elevation, is a major driver of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Lipid-lowering therapies (mainly in combination with statins) are the primary treatment approach to lower LDL-C and reduce CVD risk. However, intensive statin therapy lowers CVD risk only by ~50%, leaving many patients at excessively high residual CVD risk. 

Ezetimibe, which reduces absorption of cholesterol from the intestine, reduces LDL-C levels by an additional 20%-25% and modestly improves clinical outcomes when added to statin therapy. Recently approved PCSK9 inhibitors also produce robust LDL-C reduction when co-administered with statins and have been shown to improve clinical outcomes in patients with ASCVD. Improving Outcomes for Patients with Severe Hypercholesterolemia will explore all of these treatment options and their safety/efficacy profiles, while also providing participants with insights on practical applications in clinical practice to improve the outcomes of their patients with severe or difficult-to-treat hypercholesterolemia. 

Welcome and Introduction
Guidelines, Trial Data, and Residual Risk
New and Emerging Treatment Options
Concluding Remarks

This educational initiative is intended for clinical cardiologists, internists, and other healthcare professionals tasked with refining and updating clinical decision-making practices and establishing partnerships with ASCVD patients to improve clinical outcomes.

This program is designed to address ACGME and IOM competencies, including delivering patient-centered care, medical knowledge and practicing evidence-based medicine.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to: 

  • Evaluate the extent of residual CVD risk to which ASCVD patients are exposed, and treat additional CVD risk elements as appropriate
  • Conduct appropriate diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia and implement appropriate treatment and rationale for cascade screening of the families
  • Differentiate the clinical properties of new and emerging pharmacologic approaches to reduce LDL-C and lower CVD risk
  • Analyze the potential utility of new LDL-C lowering agents used in combination with statins to reduce CVD risk in patients who have ASCVD

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of USF Health and Rockpointe. USF Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USF Health designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Points available for Internal Medicine General, Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, and Interventional Cardiology Board Certified Physicians.

    Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Within 60 days of the end of the activity, ABIM MOC points will be reported on your behalf.

For information about accreditation of this activity, please email:


  President, National Lipid Association
  Director, Division of Cardiology
  Advocate Heart Institute at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  Co-Director, Cardiology Line Service
  Advocate Medical Group
  Naperville, IL

Alan Brown, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA, FASPC has been the Director of the Prevention Center/Lipid Clinic for Midwest Heart Specialists since its inception in 1985. He is a practicing interventional cardiologist and preventive cardiologist. He was appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at Loyola from 1993 until the present. Dr. Brown is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography, and clinical lipidology. He is the Director of the Division of Cardiology at the Advocate Heart Institute at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, as well as Co-director of the Cardiology Service Line for Advocate Medical Group/Advocate Health Care.

Dr. Brown has served as Governor/President of the Illinois Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and subsequently was elected Chairman of the Board of Governors for the ACC in 2004. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, National Lipid Association, and ACC and has been a member of the ACC's Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Committee and Annual Scientific Program Committee and serves on the current ACC Task Force for Appropriate Use Criteria. Dr. Brown served as a member of the ACC Board of Trustees from 2003 through 2006.  He is currently President of the National Lipid Association and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Preventive Cardiology.

Dr. Brown has authored numerous articles in the fields of lipid management and prevention, as well as two book chapters. He is the host of “Lipid Luminations,” an internet radio show on Reach MD radio that focuses on lipid topics through interviews with national thought-leaders.

  James A. Underberg, MD, MS, FNLA
Immediate Past-President, National Lipid Association
  Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
  NYU School of Medicine and
  NYU Center for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
  Director, Bellevue Hospital Lipid Clinic
  New York, NY

James A. Underberg, MD, MS, FNLA is a clinical lipidologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and the NYU Center for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. He is also the Director of the Bellevue Hospital Lipid Clinic. Dr. Underberg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology, a Fellow of the National Lipid Association, and a Past President of the National Lipid Association. He is a board member of the National Lipid Association and the Foundation of the National Lipid Association and serves as President-Elect of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology.

Dr. Underberg’s clinical interests focus on the management of patients with lipids and lipoprotein disorders, hypertension management, and cardiovascular disease prevention. He maintains an active clinical research program in these areas and has authored numerous articles and book chapters in the field of clinical lipidology. He sees patients both at Bellevue Hospital and in a university-based private-practice setting.

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Program Faculty Disclosures

The program faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests:

Alan Brown, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA, FASPC: Advisory Board: Akcea Therapeutics, Amgen, Kowa, Regeneron, Sanofi; Speaker’s Bureau: Akcea Therapeutics, Amgen, Kowa, Regeneron, Sanofi

James A. Underberg, MD, MS, FNLA: Advisory Board: Akcea Therapeutics, Alexion, Ambry, Amgen, Regeneron, Sanofi; Consultant: Amgen; Research: Aegerion, Pfizer; Speaker’s Bureau: Akcea Therapeutics, Aegerion, Alexion, Amarin, Amgen, Kowa, Regeneron, Sanofi

Non-faculty Content Contributors Disclosures

Non-faculty content contributors and/or reviewers reported the following relevant financial relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests:

Allan Chen, MD; Joseph J. Namey Jr., DO, MACOI, FACP; Jaclyn Capazola; Barry Watkins, PhD; Blair St. Amand: Nothing to disclose

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There is no fee for this activity. To receive credit, participants must take the pre-test, view this CME activity in its entirety, and then complete the post-test, with a score of 60% or better, and evaluation. The estimated time for completion of this activity is 1 hour. To receive their certificates, participants must demonstrate mastery of the presented material via the post-test. Participant is allowed to take the post-test 2 times.


Physicians seeking ABIM MOC Points will be required to provide:

  • ABIM six-digit ID number
  • First and last name
  • Date of birth (mm/dd)
  • ABIM specialty board
  • Permission for USF Health to share completion data with ACCME, who will transmit same on their behalf to ABIM

Jointly provided by USF Health and Rockpointe


This activity is supported by educational funding provided by Amgen.