Managing Cardiovascular Risk in Women: Updated Guidance

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Managing Cardiovascular Risk in Women: Updated Guidance (Online Enduring)

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This program focuses on the unique cardiac risks and challenges that women encounter, with a particular focus on thrombotic conditions such as myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). The program also explores how biological changes across a woman’s lifespan can increase cardiovascular event risk and further addresses best practices for managing this risk. 


Hospitalists and physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and surgeons who specialize in cardiovascular medicine, endocrinology, family practice, internal medicine, gynecology, or obstetrics.


By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

  • List strategies for diagnosing and treating thrombophilia states in young women
  • Recall the risks associated with thrombophilia and cardiac conditions in pregnant women and formulate a strategy for treating patients with those conditions
  • Describe how stroke places a disproportionate cardiovascular burden onto women and formulate a strategy to prevent stroke
  • Identify the burden of nonatherosclerotic coronary disease in women


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 ScientiaCME and NATF. ScientiaCME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: ScientiaCME designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC Recognition Statement: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 2.0 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.

Physicians: For maintenance of certification (MOC) credit, you must enter your board certification ID # and birth date correctly.  It is the learner’s responsibility to provide this information completely and accurately at the completion of the activity. Without providing it, the learner will NOT receive MOC credit for this activity.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs): The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.  ScientiaCME will provide NPs who successfully complete each activity with a certificate of participation indicating that the activity was designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Pharmacists: ScientiaCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is approved for 2.0 hours (0.2 CEUs) of continuing education.  Proof of participation will be posted to your NABP CPE profile within 4 to 6 weeks to participants who have successfully completed the post-test.   Participants must participate in the entire group of presentations and complete the course evaluation to receive continuing pharmacy education credit.  ACPE UAN: 0574-9999-21-002-H01-P.

This is an Application (A)-type activity.

You must enter your NABP # and birth date correctly so that proof of participation can be posted to your NABP CPE profile. It is the learner’s responsibility to provide this information completely and accurately at the completion of the activity. Without providing it, the learner will NOT receive CPE credit for this activity.

The CPE statements of credit contain information provided to NABP from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) via CPE Monitor®. ACPE policy states paper and/or electronic statements of credit may no longer be distributed directly to learners as proof of ACPE credit. The official record of credit may be located in the learner’s e-profile in CPE Monitor®

Participation in this activity is made possible, free of charge, with the support of Cordis.

RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2021 — EXPIRATION DATE: July 13, 2022



Acute Coronary Syndromes in Women: A Gender-Focused Approach to Diagnosis and Management
Margo B. Minissian, PhD, ACNP, NEA-BC, FNLA, FAHA

When Heart Attacks Don’t Play by the Rules: The Challenge of Nonatherosclerotic Coronary Disease
Malissa Wood, MD

An Enemy in Plain Sight: Thrombosis and Hypercoagulable States in Young Women
Gregory Piazza, MD, MS

Structural Heart Disease in Pregnant Women: Ensuring a Safe Pregnancy for Mother and Baby
Anne Marie Valente, MD

Understanding Why Stroke Presents a Disproportionate Cardiovascular Burden in Women:
Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH

Panel Discussion: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions on Women’s Cardiovascular Health
Gregory Piazza, MD, MS, Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH, Anne Marie Valente, MD, Malissa Wood, MD, and Margo B. Minissian, PhD, ACNP


Margo B. Minissian, PhD, ACP, NEABC, FAGA, FNLA, Research Scientist, Executive Director, Brawerman Institute, Nursing Education, Innovation, Performance Improvement Research Director, Postpartum Heart Health Program Smidt Heart Institute Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discloses consultant and medical advisory board compensation from Amgen.

Gregory Piazza, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Staff Physician, Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, discloses grant/research support from BMS, Portola, BTG/EKOS, Janssen, Bayer, and Daiichi-Sankyo and is a consultant for Pfizer, Amgen, and Thrombolex.

Individuals with no conflicts of interest to disclose: 

  • Faculty member: Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School Chief, Division of Women’s Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Faculty member: Anne Marie Valente, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School Section Chief, Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Faculty Member: Malissa J. Wood, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Co-director, Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center
  • Content reviewer: Charles J Turck, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Presidenti, ScientiaCME


  • Read the learning objectives above.
  • Take the Pre-Test (optional). Completion of the pre-test will help us evaluate the knowledge gained by participating in this CME activity.
  • View the online activity. You may view this in more than one session, and may pause or repeat any portion of the presentation if you need to.
  • Take the post-test.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and CME registration. A CE certificate will be emailed to you immediately. 



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