JAAPA CME Post-Test October 2020

Understanding and Recognizing Cardiac Amyloidosis
Cardiac amyloidosis is an infiltrative abnormality that causes myocardial thickening and dysfunction. Historically, it has been underrecognized as a cause of heart failure and was often misdiagnosed. In the past decade, the cardiology community has improved the understanding of the subtypes of these protein-based infiltrates and how they play a role in heart failure. This activity reviews the pathophysiology, presentation, diagnosis, and management of cardiac amyloidosis.

Managing Patients with Sickle Cell Disease in Primary Care
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of disorders affecting the hemoglobin in erythrocytes. SCD is associated with significant morbidity and mortality and occurs most commonly among people of African ancestry. In 2014, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute updated its guidelines for the management of SCD. These guidelines were implemented to provide evidence-based recommendations to assist primary care clinicians in the proper management of patients with SCD. This activity reviews the current practice guidelines for SCD, with attention to health maintenance and hydroxyurea.

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