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99732 - Optimising statin therapy - National Case Study

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This interactive online case study is designed to assist GPs to update their knowledge and support best practice in relation to assessing absolute cardiovascular risk before considering lipid-modifying medicines, adequately trialling statin therapy before considering another agent, and assessing and managing statin-associated muscle symptoms (SAMS) appropriately. 

The 1-hour module incorporates questions relating to a clinical scenario, with immediate feedback reflecting best practice, expert commentaries and assessment questions.

Relevance to General Practice

We have come a long way with lipid management in Australian general practice. This interactive case study will explore the latest news and evidence that can further enhance and reinforce patient care including: 

• Who should be on lipid-modifying medicines - guidelines continue to reinforce a cardiovascular risk approach to prescribing lipid-modifying medicines. However, there is evidence that decisions to start therapy are being based on individual risk factors, or inaccurate risk estimates – leading to under or over prescribing of statin therapy. 
• How to optimise statin therapy – an adequate trial includes titrating to maximal tolerated dose and checking for adherence to medicines and lifestyle changes is recommended to optimise LDL-C lowering. 
• What is true statin intolerance, particularly statin-associated muscle symptoms (SAMS), and how it can be assessed and managed.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify the symptoms and risk factors of statin-associated muscle symptoms (SAMS) and apply a systematic approach to assessing and managing SAMS.
  • Interpret lipid levels in the context of absolute cardiovascular risk.
  • Discuss the factors to consider when selecting and tailoring statin therapy.
  • Use an adequate trial of statins to optimise lipid lowering before adding a second lipid-modifying agent.
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    99732 - Optimising statin therapy - National Case Study
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