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CME Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Southern Union Conference. The Loma Linda University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Loma Linda University School of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Disclosure Statement
This program has been planned and implemented in accordance with ACCME essentials and standards. The Loma Linda University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education relies on its CME faculty to provide program content that is free of commercial bias. Therefore, in accordance with ACCME standards, any faculty and/or provider industry relationships will be disclosed and resolved.

AANP Accreditation Statement:
This activity is approved for a maxium of 6.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Program ID 16062213. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies
AANA Accreditation Statement:
This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 6.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1033174; Expiration Date 10/8/2016.

David DeRose, MD, MPH
Dr. David DeRose is a physician holding board certifications in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Health Education. In addition to his conventional training, Dr. DeRose has three decades of experience in the alternative and complementary health field. Known for his knack for explaining difficult subjects, he is a popular writer and speaker. Dr. DeRose’s research has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Annals of Epidemiology, and Preventive Medicine. His syndicated weekly radio show is heard on some 150 stations.

Instructor: David DeRose, MD, MPH
Course title: The Far-Reaching Grasp of High Blood Pressure
Course description: High blood pressure is affecting progressively more Americans, with the numbers affected steadily increasing over the lifespan. With prevalence rates approaching 75% among the U.S. senior population, the public health impact of hypertension continues to increase as our population ages. In this introductory session, participants will learn salient aspects regarding the epidemiology of hypertension which make a case for all health professionals being aware of strategies to help combat this silent killer. This session will also look at reasons for the poor compliance with current blood pressure approaches (only about 50% of American hypertensives have their BP well controlled) and will provide a framework for utilizing non-drug strategies in clinical and community-based encounters.
Course objectives: At the end of the session participants will be able to:
1. Articulate at least four fundamental aspects of hypertension epidemiology in the United States
2. List five common pitfalls in blood pressure assessment
3. Provide an explanation for the relatively poor compliance with blood pressure management approaches
4. Describe a ten-step approach to controlling blood pressure utilizing non-pharmacological strategies

Session #2
Instructor: David DeRose, MD, MPH
Title: Nutrition—Eating Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure
Description: Medical research has uncovered compelling evidence that our everyday diet and beverage choices have a profound effect on our blood pressure. Perhaps even more surprisingly, relatively small dietary changes can yield significant improvements in blood pressure. Among the fascinating topics covered in this presentation will be the discovery of functional components in foods like ACE inhibitory peptides that can be strategically included in the diet. Because the marked impact of obesity on high blood pressure, this lecture will also provide a number of practical weight loss strategies that can be incorporated into even short clinical or community encounters.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the session participants will be able to:
1. List three key dietary strategies that can help individuals control blood pressure.
2. Formulate at least two motivational strategies to encourage patients to eat more BP healthy foods.
3. Enumerate three common classes of beverages that tend to foster high blood pressure—along with the mechanisms responsible for their blood-pressure-raising effects.
4. Articulate five weight loss strategies each of which could be convincingly communicated in less than two minutes.

Session #3
Instructor: David DeRose, MD, MPH
Title: Untapped Resources—Rest and Social Support
Description: A growing body of medical literature is documenting the harms of inadequate sleep. In the arena of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, sleep deficits have profound implications.This lecture will highlight a number of fascinating connections between suboptimal sleep, health, and high blood pressure. These include relationships with melatonin, the gut’s migratory motor complex, and undiagnosed high blood pressure. If sleep is an underappreciated remedy, social support is much more. Research testifies to the healing benefits of social connectedness in areas as diverse as high blood pressure and cancer outcomes. The lecture will also explore fascinating research from the Middle East connecting a weekly day of rest with social support and favorable health outcomes
Learning Objectives: At the end of the session participants will be able to:
1. Explain at least four facets of mechanisms by which sleep deprivation increases cardiovascular risk in general and raises blood pressure specifically.
2. Understand the science between sleep-wake connections with melatonin and its connections to hypertension
3. Articulate at least six sleep hygiene principles suitable for communication in a brief clinical encounter.
4. Describe at least two strategies for enhancing social support in your health care facility and/or community
5. Summarize at least one facet of the science connecting a weekly day of rest with social support and favorable health outcomes

Session #4
Instructor: David DeRose, MD, MPH
Title: Building a Blood-Pressure-Lowering Environment
Description: Medical science is shedding light on a variety of environmental factors that contribute either to high blood pressure or normotension—depending on the nature of those inputs. This session will focus first on noise, air pollution and ultraviolet light and their impact on high blood pressure and cardiovascular health. The presentation will then move to related concepts that can also be profoundly impacted by environmental factors; namely physical activity and stress.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the session participants will be able to:
1. Explain at least three aspects of connections between noise, air pollution, hypovitaminosis D and high blood pressure.
2. Describe at least three simple strategies to deal with noise pollution.
3. List five simple ways a person could enhance the blood-pressure-lowering potential of their environment
4. Provide at least three constructive strategies that could help a sedentary individual adhere to a daily exercise program and articulate the expected blood pressure benefits of such a practice
5. List at least three stress management strategies that could be succinctly delineated in a clinical encounter

Session #5
Instructor: David DeRose, MD, MPH
Title: Powerful Adjuncts for High Blood Pressure
Description: In this final presentation we turn our focus first to selected herbal adjuncts that have been touted as antihypertensives, looking both at their promise—and their potential dangers. We’ll then examine some popular prescription and OTC agents that can carry unwanted hypertensive side effects. Finally, we look at how spiritual factors can impact blood pressure—positively as well as negatively.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the session participants will be able to:
1. Understand the concept of therapeutic window and its significance in assessing potential dangers from unprescribed dietary supplements
2. List at least three supplements that have scientific support for their antihypertensive effects.
3. Be able to articulate important considerations in determining whether a given individual might be a candidate for one or more antihypertensive supplements.
4. List at least four categories of common compounds that can have unintended blood-pressure elevating effects.
5. Describe a framework for determining which spiritual practices may foster improved blood pressure control and which may be harmful.