A Guide to Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Diagnosis, Treatment, and Referral in Primary Care

A Guide to Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Diagnosis, Treatment, and Referral in Primary Care

On-Demand Webcast

This webcast is based on live proceedings from a symposium conducted at the 2019 Cardiometabolic Risk Summit.

Participants who have successfully completed the live version of this activity are not eligible to receive credit for this enduring material.


Michael J. Bloch, MD
Associate Professor, University of Nevada School of Medicine
Medical Director, Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health
Reno, NV

Intended Learners

This activity is designed for primary care physicians, family medicine specialists, internists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators, and other related healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of patients at risk for cardiometabolic syndrome. 

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define PAH risk factors and diagnostic criteria for the identification of at-risk and affected patients
  • Evaluate available PAH-specific therapies in terms of their mechanisms of action, efficacy and safety profiles, and potential utility in combination therapy
  • Employ guideline-driven diagnostic, therapeutic, and referral practices for the optimal individualized management of PAH

References used in slides: 

1) Image:Wikipedia.com, accessed Oct 20,2019; 2) European Heart Journal 2016;37;67-119; 3) Eur Respir J 2019;53:1801913; 4) Eur Respir J 2019;53:1801904; 5) Barst RJ, Ann Thoracic Med 20083(1):1-4; 6) Eur Respir J 2019 53:1801889; 7) Eur Heart J 2016;37-119; 8) Eur Heart J 2016;37:903-975; 9) N Eng J Med 2015;373:834-844

Activity Overview

To be eligible for documentation of credit, participants must complete the educational activity, complete the 10 question post-test with a score of 70% or better, and complete the evaluation form.

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Release Date: December 19, 2019
Expiration Date: Decemeber 18, 2020
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes

Participants who completed the live version of this activity are not eligible to receive credit for this enduring material.

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and North American Center for Continuing Medical Education. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 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.



The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences designates this activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences designates this activity for a maximum of 0.50 ANCC contact hours. Nursing contact hours will be awarded for successful completion of program components based upon documented attendance and completion of evaluation materials.


This knowledge-based activity will provide pharmacists up to 0.50 contact hours or 0.05 CEU. CE credit information, based on verification of live attendance and completion of the program evaluation, will be provided to NABP within 60 days after the activity completion. ACPE #JA0000298-9999-20-106-H01-P

Planning Committee

The planning committee comprises Michael J. Bloch, MD, Susie Seaman, NP; Courtney Bryant, UAMS; Jennifer Browne, Molly, Duda, Mary Johnson, Jennifer Ilcyn, Todd Kunkler, Amanda Steinmayr, and Chris Bolwell, NACCME.

Independent Clinical Reviewer: Peter Oettgen, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director of Preventive Cardiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Nurse Planner: Susie Seaman, NP, Sharp Rees-Stealy Wound Clinic, San Diego, California

Financial Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Michael Bloch, MD: Research Support – Recor, AstraZeneca, Vascular Dynamics; Consultant/Honoraria – Recor, Medtronic, Amgen, Esperion, Janssen, Takeda International, Relypsa, Pfizer

Ms. Seaman: Advisory Board—Mölnlycke

Dr. Oetttgen has disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Ms. Bryant, Ms. Browne, Ms. Duda, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Ilcyn, Mr. Kunkler, and Ms. Steinmayr, NACCME, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Chris Bolwell is a shareholder of GlaxoSmithKline. GlaxoSmithKline is not supporting this activity, nor does any content relate to their product/service. All other NACCME planning staff have no financial relationships to disclose.

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Grant Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.