This course reviews fundamental information for psychiatrists, and other mental health prescribers, regarding cardiac safety considerations for patients taking antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. It reviews basic concepts related to cardiac conduction and repolarization abnormalities, alongside patient-specific risk factors, dosing parameters, concomitant medications and predisposing medical comorbidities, and discusses risk-benefit considerations when choosing from among medications within a given psychotropic category. It also provides strategies for proper monitoring and optimal collaboration with other medical specialists for making appropriate treatment decisions.
**This content was captured at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. (Effective January 1, 2019)
- Identify cardiac parameters affected by psychotropic medications
- Recognize clinical significance of prolonged QT interval and name important risk factors
- Distinguish major cardiac adverse effects of psychotropic medications and propose basic management principles
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 45 minutes
Begin Date: July 1, 2017
End Date: February 1, 2020
How to Earn Credit
Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 50% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.
Continuing Education Credit
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Carrie L. Ernst, M.D., Icahn School of Medicine. Disclosures (Spouse/Partner): AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Janssen, Lundbeck, Merck and Co., Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Kim T. Nguyen, M.D. University of Cincinnati Hospital. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Ricardo A. Juarez, M.S., Deputy Director, Development and Engagement, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Claire Van Wagner, Membership Development Coordinator, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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