• Care of Cardiovascular Conditions Livestream 

    Wednesday, May 19 - Saturday, May 22

    • Attend the full course or choose from half-day sessions.
    • Stream on any device.
    • Register by May 9 to save up to $100.

    As a member of the AAFP, save $100 off an AAFP product valued at $250 or more with your 2021 National Doctors Day gift. Call our Member Resource Center at (800) 274-2237 by April 30th to activate your gift. Not a member of the AAFP, learn more.

    Already registered? You may edit your registration anytime.

    Learn to better manage the No. 1 killer of Americans from expert faculty who are practicing family physicians.

    This four-day course is designed in flexible half-day sessions packed with evidence-based strategies you can immediately apply to your practice. Gain insight into the heart conditions you see in your patient base, including:

    • Heart failure
    • Resistant hypertension
    • Hypertensive emergencies
    • Cerebral aneurysms
    • Atrial fibrillation
    • Renovascular disease

    Earn live CME worth up to 26 Prescribed credits.

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • Assess cardiovascular risk in patients, and formulate strategies to educate and counsel patients on behavior modification to reduce the degree of risk.
    • Construct evidence-based strategies to diagnose and manage common cardiovascular conditions, including heart failure, valvular heart disease, hypertension and lipid disorders, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation, common comorbidities, and more.
    • Assess to ensure patient understanding of diagnosis and treatment recommendations, including ongoing follow-up care as applicable.
    • Recognize when to refer or consult with other specialists to provide optimal patient care.


    The times listed below are central time.

    Eddie Needham, MD, FAAFP, course chair

    Session #1: Wednesday Morning, May 19

    7:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT
    4 credits

    • Coronary Artery Disease – Fire in the Arteries – David Schneider, MD, FAAFP
    • Venous Thromboembolism – Avoiding Delay – Suraj Achar, MD, FAAFP
    • Cardiomyopathy – Craig Barstow, MD, FAAFP 
    • Cardiovascular Physical Examination – Eddie Needham, MD, FAAFP

    Session #2: Wednesday Afternoon, May 19

    1:25 - 5:45 p.m. CT
    4 credits

    • Cerebrovascular Aneurysm – Diagnosis and Treatment of Stable Aneurysm – Craig Barstow, MD, FAAFP 
    • Perioperative Risk Evaluation – David Schneider, MD, FAAFP
    • Aspirin Use for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease – Suraj Achar, MD, FAAFP
    • Post-stroke Care – Craig Barstow, MD, FAAFP 

    Session #3: Thursday Morning, May 20

    7:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
    4 credits

    • Renovascular Disease – Diagnosis and Management – Gaurav Parmar, MD, MPH, FAAFP
    • Advanced Cardiac Imaging – Craig Barstow, MD, FAAFP
    • Hypertension – Jonathon Firnhaber, MD, FAAFP
    • Carotid Vessel Disease – Manifestations, Diagnosis, and Treatment in 2021 – Gaurav Parmar, MD, MPH, FAAFP

    Session #4: Thursday Afternoon, May 20

    ECG Interpretation Workshop – Jonathon Firnhaber, MD, FAAFP
    1:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT
    3 credits

    • Identify various dysrhythmias on ECG and relate cause, significance, symptoms, and treatment.
    • Apply basic ECG interpretation skills to advanced rhythms including heart block, tachyarrhythmias, and others.
    • Discuss clinical management of patients experiencing abnormal ECG rhythms.

    Session #5: Friday Morning, May 21

    7:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
    4 credits

    • Atrial Fibrillation – Jonathon Firnhaber, MD, FAAFP
    • Hyperlipidemia Guidelines – Kate Kirley, MD, FAAFP 
    • Advanced Concepts - Hyperlipidemia: Beyond Statins – Kate Kirley, MD, FAAFP
    • Hypertension Emergencies/Urgencies – Darrell Jones, DO, FAAFP

    Session #6: Friday Afternoon, May 21

    Marvelous Medical Apps – Eddie Needham, MD, FAAFP
    1:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT
    3 credits

    • Download and use the correct medical app to calculate relevant clinical cardiology data, to include:  ASCVD 10-year risk of MI, ABCD2 post stroke risk or recurrent episode, CHADS2-VASC risk in atrial fibrillation, and multiple other data points.
    • Review new mHealth (mobile health) technologies like the Kardia rhythm app and consider risks/benefits for patients.
    • Review and recommend apps for patients to help improve care.

    Session #7: Saturday Morning, May 22

    7:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
    4 credits

    • The Abnormal ECG - Acute and Chronic Management in the Primary Care Setting – Darrell Jones, DO, FAAFP
    • Heart Failure – Strategies to Decrease Readmission – Eddie Needham, MD, FAAFP
    • Cardiovascular Nutrition and Exercise – Kate Kirley, MD, FAAFP
    • Resistant Hypertension – Darrell Jones, DO, FAAFP

    The times listed above are central time.

    Note: Session information is subject to change.

    Fee Per Session*

      AAFP Member New Physician Student or Resident Other Health Care Professional Nonmember
    Early Bird
    (ends May 9)
    $149 $139 $109 $189 $189
    Standard $169 $159 $129 $209 $209


    *Registration fee for the ECG Interpretation and Marvelous Medical Apps sessions are $240 each for all registrants.

    Livestream Questions

    What should I expect after I register for livestream? 

    You will receive an email from ON Services, our streaming provider, the day before the course begins, with the link to access the livestream and course resources which include access to PDFs of presentations. ON Services will also send reminder emails one hour before the start of each day's sessions that you have registered for.

    What are the system requirements for the livestream?

    For ideal viewing and participation, you should have access to the following:

    • Computer with the minimum specifications of either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows 7 with latest updates installed and 4 GB of RAM
    • Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 10.0+, Safari 1.0+, Edge, Chrome, and Opera (please note they are not compatible with Opera Mini). They recommend upgrading your browser whenever possible.
    • High speed internet connection with a minimum and consistent internet download speed of 3 Mbps or faster. Speed tests can be tested through the website www.speedtest.net.
    • Also compatible with iOS (Apple) and Android based tablets and smartphones.

    Note: Some corporate networks and internet service providers block video transmissions by use of a firewall. If you cannot see video clips (even though your system meets the system requirements), contact your network administrator to see whether a security firewall is blocking video transmission. 

    Will the live presentations be recorded?

    Yes. You will have access to the archived recordings of the sessions you have registered for within approximately two weeks. You will have unlimited access to these sessions for six months after the course. These archived sessions are approved for enduring CME credit rather than live credit.

    What if I want to cancel my livestream registration?

    Standard AAFP live course cancellation policies still apply.

    What if I'm not satisfied with the livestream experience?

    Please contact the AAFP Member Resource Center at (800) 274-2237 or aafp@aafp.org no later than 5 p.m. CT, Monday, May 24, 2021.

    CME Credit Statement

    Participants should report CME credit only for the sessions they have registered for and completed.

    The AAFP has reviewed Care of Cardiovascular Conditions - Livestream and deemed it acceptable for up to 26 Online Only, Live AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 5/19/2021 to 5/22/2021. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Online Only, Live for a maximum of 26 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.
    View more credit agreements.

    As a member of the AAFP, save $100 off an AAFP product valued at $250 or more with your 2021 National Doctors Day gift. Call our Member Resource Center at (800) 274-2237 by April 30th to activate your gift. Not a member of the AAFP, learn more.

    Already registered? You may edit your registration anytime.

    Can't attend live?

    The self-study option offers you to learn on your schedule.