Lowering Lipid Levels: Reducing Risk and Improving Outcomes

Watch the above introductory video to review the curriculum.

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As lipids become an increasingly important part of patient care and management, the following activities act as an opportunity to learn more about nonstatin management of your patient. You will find more information about how to treat patients that are statin resistant in your practice.

The following activities act as a review of the current cholesterol guidelines. You will find guidance in using, discussing, and coaching around the ACC/AHA 2017 Consensus statement.

The following activities act as an opportunity to practice your patient education skills. You will find the opportunity to practice discussing and coaching around the ACC/AHA 2017 Consensus statement with your patients in the clinic.

Using the Guideline App

The following video will show you had to download, setup, and use the ACC Guideline Clinical App. Click play to get started.


Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC (Chair)
Associate Professor
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Kim K. Birtcher, PharmD, AACC
Clinical Professor
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Houston, TX

Salim S. Virani, MD, FACC
Associate Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Target Audience

This activity is intended for general adult cardiologists and the cardiovascular care team (nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists).

Learner Objectives

Upon completion of one or more activities proposed, learners should be able to:

    1. Improve clarity and knowledge of guideline recommendations and identify opportunities to apply knowledge gains to clinical practice.
    2. Demonstrate acquired competence in the use of available point of care tools in clinical practice to enhance communication of treatment options with patients. 
    3. Analyze current and emerging evidence from clinical trials focused on the management of patients at high risk for atherosclerotic disease.


Each activity offers the credit amounts listed above. After completing the evaluation for each activity, the option to claim CME/CNE/MOC will appear. A Certificate of Participation is also available.

You can find the app on Google Play or the Apple App store, titled ACC Guideline Clinical App. Click here to find out more about the Guideline Clinical App.

For an overview of the curriculum and navigation of the course, please scroll to the top of the page and watch the introductory video. To enter a lesson, click on one of the blue buttons for Nonstatin management, Guidelines Review, or Guidelines in Practice. To watch “Using the Guideline App”, click on the video to start.


Expert Panel Discussion

Expert panel discussion activities feature subject matter experts discussing the latest news, guidelines, or controversies in cardiovascular care, often including point-counterpoint debate.

Interactive Guideline-Based Cases

Interactive cases provide learners with realistic patient scenario presentations, accompanied by multiple-choice questions. This unique format allows learners to follow their natural clinical decision-making path (experiential learning), then be directed back to an optimal pathway for remediation (limited branching). In addition, the activities provide peer analysis, optimal and suboptimal response rationale, and additional resources and recommendations for further study.


ACC Cardiacast Podcasts feature expert discussion about lipid management in the changing patient-care landscape. You can listen to them on the web or download to your phone for convenient listening offline.

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Additional information on dyslipidemia can be found here.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Amgen.