Target Audience:

All MD's, PA's, NPs


Lunch RSVP: No RSVP Required

WebEx (Please MUTE yourself upon entry):

Post Presentation Survey (By 7/6/17) :




  • Dr. Ashok Krishnaswami, Department of Cardiology, Kaiser Permanente, San Jose
  • Elaine Pingue, RN, Cardiology, KP San Jose


  • Dr. Andrew Praserthdam, Chief of Medicine Subspecialites, KP San Jose
  • Dr. Haritha Rachamallu, CME Planner/Planning Requirements, KP San Jose
  • Dr. Michael Lum, APIC for Acess and Utilization/Data Source, KP San Jose
  • Dr. Kim Lee, Chair of Imaging Utilization, KP San Jose
  • Terri Sessions, RN, Cardiology, KP San Jose

Session Objectives:

  1. Assess common cardiovascular conditions for which different methods of cardiac testing are indicated.
  2. Utilize patient selection criteria to identify appropriate cardiac tests and perform risk stratification or coordinate sub-specialist consultation when necessary.
  3. Counsel patients and families of cumulative radiation dose and consider alternative forms of testing when appropriate.


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in our patient population. 
Primary care physicians, Hospitalists, Emergency Room phsicians and other referring physicians need to 
- identify patients in need of intervention to treat or prevent cardiac events.
- compare and contrast the risks and benefits of different cardiac tests available
- utilize patient selection criteria to identify appropriate cardiac tests and perform risk stratification 
- coordinate sub-specialist consultation when necessary.  
In this session, Dr. Ashok Krishnaswami will hold an interactive discussion utilizing case scenarios to recognize red flags, screen and initiate work up and appropriate cardiology referral.

Elaine Pingue, RN, Cardiology, will address work flow issues and follow up care for patients referred to non- invasive cardiac testing such as cardiac treadmills.

Follow work flow and p -consult (phone) and e -consult ( electronic consult) guidelines /referral path for  our patients, in a timely fashion, resulting in care without delay, improving  cardiology access and patient satisfaction. 

Guidelines on when a test is unnecessary will also be discussed, along with alternate test options.  
Effective communication techniques with patients will be discussed.
Radiation risks will be discussed. 


The speakers and planning committee have no financial relationships to disclose. 

Credit Statement:

**Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.   
Kaiser Permanente San Jose takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.                
**Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center designates this Live Course for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™        
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Session date: 
06/13/2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm PDT
Kaiser Permanente- San Jose
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Geriatrics

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CME Office: 
San Jose Medical Center
Conference room: 
Large Conference Room