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Dementia and Acute Coronary Syndrome

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .5
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes
Publication Date: Jan 15, 2021
Expiration date: Jan 14, 2024
Reviewed: Jan 12, 2024


This interesting case involves a patient with an acute coronary syndrome and history of dementia. The intersection of treatable coronary heart disease and dementia is both a medical and philosophical challenge as it can be difficult to decide the extent of non-invasive and invasive evaluation in such patients. In this case, the physicians chose to pursue coronary angiography but did not recommend more invasive revascularization.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • To discuss the decision-making process of revascularization in the setting of co-morbid dementia.
  • To outline current literature regarding dementia and health care utilization and outcomes in acute coronary syndromes.

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again, if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close the tab.

David Zhuo, MD

Dr. Zhuo is affiliated with University Of Virginia Medical Center and specializes in Internal Medicine.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

Michael Ragosta III, MD

Dr. Michael Ragosta is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology. His clinical practice includes complex percutaneous coronary intervention, myocardial infarction, valvular heart disease, structural heart disease, and general cardiology. Dr. Ragosta is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at UVA and author of numerous textbooks related to cardiac catheterization and hemodynamic interpretation.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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