TeleECHO Clinic Time: Mondays, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (MT)
For more information contact us at: Cardiology-ECHO@salud.unm.edu
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Approximately 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States, that is 1 in every 4 deaths (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2016). Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which increases the risk of having a heart attack. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, premature family history, and smoking are all risk factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease and stroke. About half of Americans (49%) have one of these five risk factors (CDC, 2016). In order to reduce the prevalence of Cardiovascular disease, education regarding prevention, early intervention and proper treatment is needed.
The Cardiology TeleECHO Clinic consists of weekly 1 –hour sessions, each having an Electrocardiogram (ECG) of the week, interactive case based learning, and a 10-15-minute didactic presentation. The didactic topics have been set in advance in 5 week modules that review common cardiac conditions and recently published journal articles to keep clinicians up to date on emerging therapies and treatments.
The Cardiology TeleECHO Clinic consists of Abinash Achrekar, MD, MPH, Jerome Yatskowitz, MD, Joe Anderson, PharmD who have expertise in different aspects in the care of cardiovascular disease.
Cardiology TeleECHO Clinic Objectives include:
- Describe the pathophysiology of common cardiovascular conditions
- Develop proficiency in ECG interpretation
- To improve the clinician’s ability to formulate management and treatment plans by increasing provider knowledge and self-efficacy surrounding cardiovascular medicine
- Use current clinical practice guidelines in managing patients with cardiovascular disease thus decreasing variation in care
- Disseminate best practice to primary care clinicians and hospitalists so they are better prepared to care for patients with cardiovascular disease
- Improve access to and utilization of healthcare resources in the participants’ community
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