Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) risk screening and dyslipidemia treatment for primary prevention of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD)



This online, self-paced, CME program has been co-developed by the Cardiovascular Health & Stroke Strategic Clinical Network, and the University of Calgary CME&PD.

The intent of this online CME is to support and educate key providers (ie. Physicians, pharmacists, NPs) with the information needed to engage in lab-based cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk screening and apply appropriate evidence-based treatment to patients for primary prevention of ASCVD.


After completing this course, you will be enabled to:

  1. Describe the CVD need/opportunity gap in Alberta,
  2. Understand appropriate CVD risk screening procedures,
  3. Explain how the lab-based CVD screening tool fits with other provincial reporting and IT processes and procedures (e.g. ASaP, workflow, Netcare, EMRs, CII PAR, MyHealthRecords),
  4. Apply the Canadian Cardiovascular Society 2021 dyslipidemia guidelines for treatment decisions.

This course will be of interest to all primary care physicians interested in learning more about the current dyslipidemia guidelines.

This course will also serve the learning needs of other healthcare practitioners including nurse practitioners and pharmacists that are working with patients having cardiovascular disease risk factors.

  • It is not recommended to access the online module on smartphones at this point as your learning experience might be compromised.
  • Make sure performing all the interactive activities required in each topic, e.g. ‘click to …’ or quiz questions.
  • ‘RESUME LEARNING”: For the convenience of self-paced learning, you may exit at any point in the course and come back later. When you log into the e-learning portal again, click on ‘RESUME LEARNING’, and you will be redirected to where you left last time.
  • Certificate of Completion / CME Certificate: Once you have completed all parts of the course, you will find the ‘Download Certificate’ button available at the top of this page. You may choose to print it or download it as PDF document.
  • Return to this Course Overview page: When you are in the module, you may come back to this page by clicking on the module title at the bottom of the COURSE NAVIGATION widget, following ‘Return to’ in orange color.
This one-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits.
This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development. Participants may claim a maximum of 1.5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.

  • This course was co-developed by the Cardiovascular Health & Stroke Strategic Clinical Network, and the University of Calgary CME&PD
  • This course has received no commercial sponsorship support.

Faculty/PC disclosure

Todd AndersonMD, FRCP(C)Nothing to discloseUniversity of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine
Jennifer TerpstraMPH, PhDNothing to discloseUniversity of Calgary Community Health Sciences
Glen PearsonPharmD, FSCHP, FCCSNovartis; Novo Nordisk: Honoraria for QI Program/Medical Practice Assessment planning committee member. Advisory Board Participation for HLS Therapeutics; Novartis; Novo Nordisk; Pharmascience; Trimedic TherapeuticsUniversity of Alberta
Janet CraigMDConsulting, Teaching & Honorarium for AMA/ACTT, University of Alberta and University of Calgary, Alberta College of Family PhysiciansUniversity of Alberta
Lisa StevensonMD, CCFPNothing to discloseUniversity of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine
Katrina (Tina) NicholsonMD, MBChB, CCFP, FCFPHonorarium: University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine – Clinical Associate Professor; Medical Director offices of PLP and CME&PD; University of Alberta – Clinical Associate professor – DFM; REACH Institute/ Canreach AB – Faculty Teacher; CADDRA – Board Member; AHS Medicine SCN – Core member/ member of kidney groupUniversity of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine
Utkarsh SubnisPhD, MBBSNothing to discloseUniversity of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine

Todd Anderson MD (Co-Chair)
Jennifer Terpstra MPH, PhD (Co-Chair)
Glen Pearson BSc, BScPhm, PharmD, FSCHP, FCCS
Janet Craig MD
Katrina (Tina) Nicholson MD, MBChB, CCFP, FCFP
Lisa Stevenson MD CCFP
Utkarsh Subnis PhD, MBBS (CME Representative)

This program is supported by the Health Innovation, Implementation, and Spread grant from the Alberta Government. An independent CRA Scientific Planning Committee was responsible for the scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance of this content.  

We extend our sincere gratitude to Kristin Hobson of Alberta Precision Laboratories for her exceptional assistance in the creation of video content.

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