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or Mexico who read any 3 of the selected continuing medical education (CME)
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Form are eligible for category 1 CME credit. There is no charge.
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carefully about how this new information may influence their own practices.
The educational objective for each CME article is given after the article
The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:
Intra-arterial Prourokinase for Acute Ischemic Stroke:
The PROACT II StudyArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that intra-arterial
prourokinase may improve early clinical outcome after ischemic stoke.
Low Risk-Factor Profile and Long-term Cardiovascular
and Noncardiovascular Mortality and Life ExpectancyArticle
Educational Objective: To compare life expectancy
for people with and without major cardiovascular risk factors.
Recombinant Tissue-Type Plasminogen Activator (Alteplase)
for Ischemic Stroke 3 to 5 Hours After Symptom Onset: The ATLANTIS StudyArticle
Educational Objective: To learn the risks and
benefits of treating stroke with rt-PA after 3 hours.
Dietary Sodium Intake and Subsequent Risk of Cardiovascular
Disease in Overweight AdultsArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the risks
of high sodium intake for people who are overweight.
Hemodynamic Shear Stress and Its Role in AtherosclerosisArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the influence
of shear stress on the development of focal atherosclerotic lesions.
Preventing Coronary Artery Disease by Lowering Cholesterol
Levels: Fifty Years From Bench to BedsideArticle
Educational Objective: To understand how investigators
learned that cardiovascular disease may be prevented by treating hypercholesterolemia.
An Evidence-Based Assessment of the NCEP Adult Treatment
Panel II GuidelinesArticle
Educational Objective: To understand an expert
panel's assessment of current guidelines for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia.
Oral Anticoagulant Therapy in Patients With Coronary
Artery Disease: A Meta-analysisArticle
Educational Objective: To review the clinical
benefits of statin drug therapy.
Educational Objective: To learn what is known
about the relationship of Chlamydia pneumoniae and
After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form.
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