Ace the Case #2 - A 62-Year-Old Woman with Diabetes with an LDL-C of 53 mg/dL

Effectively managing high cholesterol level and safely lowering LDL-C is crucial for preventing and reducing the risk of adverse cardiovascular events. However, achieving LDL-C goals remains suboptimal, particularly in high-risk and very high-risk patients. The landscape of lipid lowering therapy has significantly evolved, with new consensus statements, newer agents, and important evidence that may help address some current gaps.

This three part series consists of 3 cases that illustrate important concepts in managing patients with familial hypercholesterolemia, patients with hyperlipidemia and cardiometabolic comorbidities, and patient with South Asian descent with increased risk of ASCVD and a history of percutaneous Intervention. The cases are designed to be quick and offer high-level takeaways and pearls. 

In this Ace the Case Challenge you will review Case #2 - A 62-Year-Old Woman with Diabetes with an LDL-C of 53 mg/dL. Once you have completed this activity and claimed credit, be sure to view the other cases in this series.

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of US-based healthcare professionals, including cardiologists, endocrinologists, lipidologists, primary care clinicians (PCPs), registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals involved in the management and treatment of cardiometabolic patients.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  1. Recognize the need for the early and adequate intensification of LDL-C lowering therapy beyond statins to address ASCVD risk. 
  2. Review the benefit of newer treatment options for lipid lowering that can help increase patient adherence to therapy. 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 ANCC
  • 0.25 CDE
  • 0.25 Participation
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Christie M. Ballantyne, MD
Center for Cardiometabolic Disease Prevention
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX


Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASPC, FNLA
Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Paul V. Kramer Chair of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Director, Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program
The Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Pam R. Taub, MD, FACC
Founder and Director of Step Family Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center
Professor of Medicine
UC San Diego Health System
San Diego, CA

0.25 hour


Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Partners for Advancing Clinical Education (PACE) and Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC).  PACE 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.


PACE 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.


The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 0.25 contact hours. Pharmacotherapy contact hours for Advance Practice Registered Nurses will be designated on your certificate.


PACE designates this continuing education activity for 0.25 contact hours (0.025 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Universal Activity Number - JA4008073-9999-24-132-H01-P. Type of activity: Application

For Pharmacists: Upon completing the post-test and the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4 – 6 weeks.

This program offers 0.25 CPEUs for dietitians.


There are no registration fees for this activity. Participation in this self-study activity should be completed in approximately 0.25 hour(s). To successfully complete this activity and receive CE credit, learners must follow these steps during the period from June 12, 2024 through June 12, 2025.

  1. Review the objectives and disclosures
  2. Study the educational content
  3. Successfully complete activity post-test(s)
  4. Complete the activity evaluation

You must receive a test score of at least 65% and respond to all evaluation questions to receive a certificate. Upon completing, your certificate will be available for print. For questions about receiving certificates, please contact us at For additional information about the accreditation of this activity, please visit

For Pharmacists: Please complete the evaluation instructions above. Upon registering and completing the activity evaluation, your transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4-6 weeks.


PACE requires every individual in a position to control educational content to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies that have occurred within the past 24 months. Ineligible companies are organizations whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

All relevant financial relationships for anyone with the ability to control the content of this educational activity are listed below and have been mitigated according to PACE policies. Others involved in the planning of this activity have no relevant financial relationships.

Dr. Ballantyne, faculty for this educational activity, discloses the following: 

  • Grant/Research Support- All significant. (All paid to institution, not individual): Abbott Diagnostic, Akcea, Amgen, Arrowhead, Esperion, Ionis, Merck, New Amsterdam, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Regeneron, Roche Diagnostic, NIH, AHA, ADA
  • Consultant- 89Bio, Abbott Diagnostics, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Althera, Amarin, Amgen, Arrowhead, Astra Zeneca, Denka Seiken*, Esperion, Genentech, Gilead, Illumina, Ionis, Matinas BioPharma Inc, Merck, New Amsterdam*, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Regeneron, Roche Diagnostic

Dr. Morris, faculty for this educational activity, discloses the following: 

  • Researcher: Esperion

Dr. Taub, faculty for this educational activity, discloses the following: 

  • Consultant, Advisor, Speaker: Amgen, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Medtronic, Edwards, Jazz Pharma, Sanofi, Merck


This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. 


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Available Credit

  • 0.25 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 ANCC
  • 0.25 CDE
  • 0.25 Participation
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