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Stanford University

Preventing Heart Disease

Stanford University via edX XSeries


Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States and globally and yet, CAD is preventable, specifically through the early detection and treatment of risk factors. Leading a healthy lifestyle can help lower patients’ risk for CAD, as can the appropriate use of evidence-based medications.

The Preventing Heart Disease XSeries program from the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE) offers a practical approach to the prevention of initial and recurrent cardiac events by recognizing risk factors and treating them with lifestyle and medications, when necessary. Guided by expert cardiologist Dr. David Maron, you'll explore an integrated approach to patient care, including the theory of preventive cardiology and the application of evidence-based principles to real-world clinical practice. You’ll examine the impact of risk factors on CAD, and how a healthy lifestyle and medications, when needed, can reduce risk and eventual onset. Leave the program prepared with behavior change strategies and appropriate use of medications that will encourage patients to understand the value of preventive interventions in managing their risk factors.

In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit designation

American Medical Association (AMA)

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 48.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

View the full accreditation information here from Stanford Medicine.

How to claim credit

At the end of the XSeries Program with successful completion, a claim credit and evaluation link will be emailed to you with more detailed instructions.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Introduction to Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

Learn how to recognize heart disease from experts at Stanford Medicine. Explore the impact of risk factors on coronary artery disease (CAD) and how improved lifestyle changes such as eating patterns, exercise, weight loss, and smoking cessation can lower that risk.

Course 2: Metabolic Risk Factors and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

Gain a grounding in metabolic risk factors from experts at Stanford Medicine. Discover how metabolic risks can lead to coronary artery disease, and how you can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for these metabolic factors to achieve healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Course 3: Managing Coronary Artery Disease

Throughout this course from the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE), you’ll discover a range of pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions for individuals at risk of heart disease. You’ll also learn how to improve patient engagement and outcomes.


Taught by

Dr. David Maron


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