Overview of Dyslipidemia | Conditions of the Older Adult

Discover the causes, diagnosis, and management of dyslipidemia. It is designed for pharmacists to improve their ability to care for patients with dyslipidemia. 


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Dyslipidemia is a condition in which there is an abnormal amount of lipids (fats) in the blood. This course provides an overview of the pathophysiology and components of dyslipidemia, including its causes, risk factors, diagnosis, and management. Participants will learn about the role of strains in the elderly and be introduced to the latest Canadian and American guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of dyslipidemia. This course is designed for pharmacists who want to expand their knowledge of dyslipidemia and improve their ability to care for patients with this condition. 

This module is extracted from the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) Preparation Course. The content in this module provides current treatment guidelines for all populations and are not necessarily specific to geriatric care.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:  

  • Explain the pathophysiology, components of dyslipidemia and its role in cardiovascular diseases   
  • Outline the Canadian and American guidelines for diagnosis and treatment   
  • Describe the role of statins in the elderly   
  • Summarize the pharmacist’s role  

Course outline:

  • Learning Module
  • Multiple Choice Exam
  • Program Evaluation

Course at a glance:

  • 1.25 hours to complete
  • 1.25 CEUs
  • Course Expiration Date: December 1, 2023
  • Online
  • Accreditation: 8003-2023-3626-I-P
  • Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online modules, complete the multiple-choice exam with a score of 70 per cent or higher (two attempts), and complete the program evaluation.

Who should take this course:

This online professional development program is developed for pharmacists who would like to increase their confidence and practice knowledge in managing conditions of older adults.

Development Team:

  • Laura Tsang, RPh (PharmD)
  • Justin Lin, RPh (PharmD, BPS)
  • Karen Riley, RPh (BScPhm, Pharm D, BCPS, BCGP, BCACP, CDE)

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