Optimal Management Strategies for Reducing the Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with Hypertriglyceridemia

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2019 Spring Managed Care Forum. If you participated in the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from July 1, 2019 to August 1, 2020

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Audience: This activity is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in managed care environments.

This presentation is supported by an educational grant from
Amarin Pharma

Hypertriglyceridemia refers to a condition in which patients have high levels of triglycerides, which is the most abundant fatty molecule in the bloodstream of most organisms. Triglyceride levels provide important information as a marker associated with the risk for heart disease and stroke, particularly in the setting of low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels and/or elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. The main treatment focus of hypertriglyceridemia is by restriction of carbohydrates and fat in the diet and reducing the risk of cardiovascular events through lipid management, and statin therapy has the potential to reduce the risks associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The greater the baseline level of triglycerides the greater the percent triglyceride reduction will be with statin treatment. In addition to statin treatment, 3 classes of medications are appropriate for the management of major triglyceride elevations and they include fibric acid derivatives, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids. Recent clinical trials have shown that omega-3 fatty acids have the ability to lower CV risk in patients with high triglycerides and mixed dyslipidemia. Continued studies have shown that icosapent ethyl capsules, which are the latest addition to the omega 3 fatty acid treatment regimen, have demonstrated the ability to reduce triglyceride levels without elevation in levels of LDL-C.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the current guideline recommendations supporting the role of elevated triglycerides as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD)

  • Examine the latest data on the safety and efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids and their role in reducing cardiovascular risk

  • Assess different multidisciplinary strategies to effectively treat hypertriglyceridemia in patients at risk for CVD

  • Identify optimal management strategies to select patients who would benefit from omega-3 fatty acid treatment to reduce cardiovascular risk

  • Describe the challenges for current and emerging treatments and how to manage adherence and adverse events associated with them

Faculty: Michael Miller, MD, FACC, FAHA
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Epidemiology & Public Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine


Dr. Miller serves on an advisory board for Amarin. He was also on the steering committee for the REDUCE-IT clinical trial. His presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Will Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category I creditsTM.

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Nurses who complete this activity and achieve a passing score will receive 1 hour in continuing
nursing credit.

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing for 1.0 contact hour toward CMCN recertification requirements.

This presentation is supported by an educational grant from
Amarin Pharma

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