The Nexus of COPD, Cardiovascular Disease, and COVID-19: Key Strategies To Optimize Outcomes

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic, complex disease with multiple systemic effects, including cardiometabolic conditions, which not only influence patient adherence by adding to the burden of pharmacotherapy, but may also impact COPD therapeutic decisions.

The updated GOLD 2021 COPD guidelines point out several advances for the assessment and treatment of COPD, including the management of COPD patients with comorbidities, and the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in COPD management. This interactive infographic activity will walk you through these updated guidelines by using high-impact visuals to summarize the evidence, as well as offer expert perspectives to optimize the management of COPD patients with existing cardiometabolic disease.

Target Audience

US-based healthcare professionals, including pulmonologists, cardiologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists.

Learning Objectives

  • List the cardiometabolic comorbidities commonly associated with COPD and their impact on COPD management and outcomes
  • Apply GOLD 2021 guidelines for the assessment and management of COPD patients with comorbid CVD, based on the latest evidence, efficacy and safety of pharmacotherapies, and patient preferences
  • Identify multi-faceted approaches, including effective clinician-patient communication and collaborative multidisciplinary team care, in order to improve the continuity of care and overall outcomes in COPD patients with cardiovascular comorbidities
  • Discuss the impact of COVID-19 in patients with COPD and its implications for COPD management
  • Review the preventive measures that should be adapted by health professionals while treating COPD patients in the COVID-19 era

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Jill Ohar, MD
Professor of Medicine
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Ohar discloses the following:
Consulting Fees: BI, GSK, TEVA, AZ Wallace and Graham, Beasely Allan, Hughes Hubbard Garrisin Law Kazan McClein Satterly,& Greenwood
Contracted Research: Sunovion and BI

Don D. Sin, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Sin has nothing to disclose.

Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Tarsus Cardio Inc. dba Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC).

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Tarsus Cardio Inc. dba Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC). Postgraduate Institute for 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.

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Designation Statement

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE Contact Hours

Designation Statement

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.00 contact hours. Pharmacotherapy contact hours for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses will be designated on your certificate.

CE for Pharmacists

Designation Statement

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 1.00 contact hour(s) (0.10 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Universal Activity Number (UAN): JA4008162-9999-21-2624-H01-P

Type of Activity: Knowledge

For Pharmacists: Upon completing the post-test and the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4 – 6 weeks.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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