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Dr. Molly Conroy reviews the results the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) and provides a behind the scenes perspective on the results of the study and how those results were achieved. She also discusses the possible implications for SPRINT results in primary care settings.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review impact of recent clinical trial data on blood pressure treatment goals for adults over 50
  • Discuss patients included in SPRINT study
  • List important outcomes of the SPRINT study

Reading Resources:

  1. Chobanian AV. SPRINT Results in Older Patients: How Low to Go? JAMA. 2016 Jun 28;315(24):2669-70. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.7070.
  2. de la Sierra A, Banegas JR, Divisón JA, Gorostidi M, Vinyoles E, de la Cruz JJ, Segura J, Ruilope LM. Ambulatory blood pressure in hypertensive patients with inclusion criteria for the SPRINT trial. J Am Soc Hypertens. 2016 Dec;10(12):947-953.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.jash.2016.10.013.
  3. Oparil S, Lewis CE. Should Patients With Cardiovascular Risk Factors Receive Intensive Treatment of Hypertension to <120/80 mm?Hg Target? A Protagonist View From the SPRINT Trial (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial). Circulation. 2016 Nov 1;134(18):1308-1310


Dr. Conroy has reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour.

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ABIM MOC Part 2 Credit

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.  

To receive your ABIM MOC Part 2 credit, you will need to complete the post-test with a pass rate of 100% and provide your date of birth and ABIM number, along with the other required fields.  This information will be shared with the American Board of Internal Medicine using the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Program and Activity Reporting System.

Release Date: 4/4/2017 | Last Modified On: 4/4/2017 | Expires: 2/20/2020

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