Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be a leading cause of mortality worldwide. Functional medicine teaches that lifestyle modifications such as diet, exercise, and stress management are effective therapeutic approaches to prevent and treat CVD. However, in many cases, medication therapy may still be necessary. Patients who use cardiovascular medications may carry an increased risk of micronutrient depletion depending on the drug type.
The Potential Micronutrient Deficiencies Associated With Cardiovascular Drugs course elevates the clinical awareness around such deficiencies and provides clinicians with actionable steps for intervention when micronutrient depletion is suspected. Through presentation of three patient scenarios, clinicians will learn to identify the visible, clinical indicators of nutrient deficiency and be able to recommend food sources to support nutrient absorption. Micronutrients are essential for optimal health and may support the efficacy of cardiovascular drugs; by addressing micronutrient deficiencies, practitioners can reduce the risk of comorbidities and enhance treatment outcomes.
This free online learning module offers:
- Clinical awareness of potential nutrient deficits common in patients who take CVD medications.
- An overview of different CVD drug classes and potential mechanisms of nutrient depletion associated with each class.
- A focus on clinical indicators of nutrient deficiency, including matching signs and symptoms to specific nutrient deficits.
- Diverse case vignettes that demonstrate how these skills may be applied in a clinical encounter.
- Additional functional medicine resources, including patient and clinician-facing resources for initiating nutrition and lifestyle change.
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By the end of this brief course, clinicians will be able to:
- Describe the common use cases for cardiovascular drugs.
- Identify signs and symptoms of micronutrient deficiencies that may be associated with cardiovascular drugs.
- Identify useful lab analytes that may indicate common micronutrient deficiencies.
- Recommend a treatment plan to replete selected micronutrients using food sources.
A multimodal approach to assessing physiological dysfunction is a critical first step in addressing the root causes of disease. This course is intended for licensed healthcare practitioners who order and interpret labs, and counsel patients on nutrition within the scope of their practice. Assessing the nutrient status of patients is an important skill for many care providers, even those who may not order labs. All care team members can benefit from learnings in this course such as:
- Nurse practitioners
- Nutrition professionals (RD, CNS, CN, and others with advanced degrees from accredited universities)
- Physician assistants
- Physicians (MDs, NDs, DOs, DCs)
- Registered nurses
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- Your course will be delivered electronically to your online account directly upon purchase.
- You will have access to the course for 60 days from the date of purchase.
- Given the nature of digital items, refunds or credits on this purchase are not permitted.