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Herbal and dietary supplement use for cardiovascular health in the primary care setting: An evidence-based, simulated patient encounter online learning module

Selective Project by Virginia Cody

Welcome to my tutorial page! If you have ever encountered a patient in the primary care setting who handed you a supplement bottle and said that they were using it for cardiovascular health and you were clueless as to what it was, if there was any evidence for its efficacy, and whether or not there were any side effects or contraindications to using the product, this module is for you!

Learning Objectives

By the time you complete this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • define the evidence-based research and contraindications of using red yeast rice, CoQ10, and niacin as alternative treatments for dyslipidemia in a patient who has experienced side effects of myalgias and elevated liver enzymes on standard statin therapy
  • define the evidence-based research and contraindications of using vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and garlic for cardiovascular risk reduction in a patient with pre-hypertension
  • identify at least two resources that you can use to research various herbal/dietary supplements


Please use Internet Explorer as the tutorial does not operate correctly on Google Chrome or Firefox.

There are five steps which make up this project (please see Navigation bar on the left side of this page). Clicking on each step will open a new browser window containing the different aspects of the project.

For the 40 students who responded to my previous e-mail containing the SurveyMonkey survey link, first of all thank you, and secondly, you have already completed the first part of this project, so you can skip Step #1! If this is the first time you are responding to my selective request, then please click on Step #1 which will take you to the SurveyMonkey pre-survey.

You will be instructed to create a personally unidentifiable username (case-insensitive) that you MUST USE to complete all steps of the project so that I can match your responses on the pre- and post- surveys and tests. I suggest using the first three letters of the street you grew up on and the first three letters of your favorite pet. For example, "Seaton Rd" and "Meatball" would be seamea.

To complete the exercise in its entirety, you need to complete the 10-question SurveyMonkey pre-survey (Step #1), the 10-question SurveyMonkey multiple-choice pre-test (Step #2), proceed through the Adobe Captivate online tutorial (Step #3), and then complete the SurveyMonkey 10-question multiple-choice post-test (Step #4) and the SurveyMonkey six-question post-survey (Step #5) to see how much you have learned.

It is estimated that the entire process should take no more than 60 minutes to complete. I hope you find this tutorial helpful and informative, and I thank you in advance for your time!!