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Case Challenges: Adherence in Patients with Hypertension

This activity was planned with a goal to enable participants to evaluate and select evidence-based interventions to overcome hypertension challenges including patient adherence, intensification of GDMT, and resistant hypertension. This activity is part of the Overcoming Challenges in Hypertension Management grant project.

HTN is a global health problem that is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality world-wide. In the US, the negative outcomes disproportionately effect minority populations and those with lower socioeconomic status. A critical factor in improving hypertension control is patient medication adherence. The reasons for non-adherence vary between patients; thus, it is important to establish effective two-way communication to build trust and to understand and address the patient’s barriers and concerns.

Accreditation Statement 

In accordance with ACCME policy, prior to participating in this activity, you must review the information on this page. 

Joint Accreditation 
In support of improving patient care, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) 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. 

MOC Information 

Successful completion of this certified activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.50 Medical Knowledge MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. 
Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 


Credit Statement 

The ACCF designates this online enduring material for a maximum of up to 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.50 continuing nursing education contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


While offering credits noted above, the course is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in this field. 


Target Audience: 

This course is intended for general cardiologists, hypertension specialists, advanced practice providers, general practitioners, and others who manage hypertension patients.

Important Dates: October 7, 2022
Term of Approval/Date of Expiration: October 7, 2023
Learner Objectives:  
Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:  

  • 1. Identify optimal treatment strategies to improve patient adherence.

Educational grant support provided by: Medtronic. 
To request credit, you must: 

  • Read all text and view all tables and/or figures in the case for which you wish to receive credit.
    Answer the questions in each case for which you wish to claim credit. After you have answered all the questions, click on the Exam Summary button. A Claim Credit button will appear on this page if you have achieved a passing score of 70% or better. If you did not achieve a passing score, please click the Reset Scores link and retake the exam.
    Click the Claim Credit button and answer the evaluation questions in the pop-up window.
  • Enter the total amount of time you actually spent in the activity in the box provided. Please note that you may only claim once for each module in this activity. Click Submit.
  • You will receive a message that your request has been submitted and a link to view your certificate. You may view and download the certificate when you receive the message, you may also view it at any time in the My Transcript section of My ACC.



Angela L. Brown, MD


Peer Reviewers: 

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC
Emily Kaufman, NP

Availability: Retired
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
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