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Mayo Clinic Talks Episode 197: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Mayo Clinic Talks

Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast

Episode 197: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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Recorded March, 2019

Lewis J. Wesselius, M.D.

The topic of COPD including risk factors, evaluation and management is discussed with Dr. Lewis Wesselius, a pulmonologist in the Division of Thoracic Disease at the Mayo Clinic.

Specific topics discussed include the following: 
•    Review of the various types of COPD. 
•    Similarities and differences between emphysema and chronic bronchitis. 
•    Financial complications of COPD. 
•    Risk factors for COPD. 
•    Appropriate tests to order when evaluating patients suspected of having COPD. 
•    Determining the severity of COPD. 
•    Management of patients with COPD including the role of bronchodilators, inhaled corticosteroids, antibiotics and oxygen. 
•    COPD and the risk of lung cancer. 

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Target Audience

This course is intended for primary care providers: physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the current treatment recommendations for patients with hyperlipidemia.
  • List the various categories of hypertension.
  • Describe the current pharmacologic treatment available for patients with osteoporosis.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 Attendance
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Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Available Credit

  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 Attendance


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