“UnBreak My Heart!”

Cardiovascular Disease
and Its
Dental Considerations

opioid prescribing training

“Hurts So Good!”


Management of Acute Dental Pain and Appropriate Prescribing Guidelines

Cardiovascular disease is one of the major diseases affecting adults in the U.S. While mortality from heart disease has been declining steadily recently, hospital admissions related to cardiovascular disease are on the rise, due, in part, to our aging population. Hypertension remains one of the major risk factors for heart failure in men and women. It is often asymptomatic and many times may only be discovered at a routine check-up with a medical or dental professional. This program will provide an overview of cardiovascular disease and the medications used in its treatment. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing patient management strategies essential for successful treatment planning and proper care of our medically complex dental patients.


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“This is by far the BEST presentation I’ve been to in 30 years of practice! I didn’t want it to end! Really!!!”R.L., Hinman Dental Meeting
“So much practical information! So many, many laughs! You held my attention every second! I’m blown away!” M.B., Yankee Dental Congress

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the family of cardiovascular diseases and the complex interplay with systemic inflammation and co-morbid diseases.

  • Review the classes of medications used in the treatment of hypertension along with their pharmacologic effects, adverse reactions and dental implications.

  • Discuss the mechanism of action of anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents including their adverse reactions and patient care considerations.

  • Describe the treatment modifications and care planning strategies recommended for  dental patients with cardiovascular disease.
tom viola speaker on dental pharmacology
Thomas Viola is a board-certified pharmacist who also serves the professions of dentistry as a clinical educator, professional speaker and published author, in the areas of oral pharmacology and local anesthesia.

Tom is a member of the faculty of 16 dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. Tom is well known nationally and internationally for his regular contributions to several dental professional journals. Through his informative, humorous and engaging live seminars and webinars, Tom has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for making dental pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team.


Bring Dr. Viola to speak at your next event.
“Thank you for making me laugh AND learn! Only you could make dental pharmacology THIS enjoyable and useful!”D.H., Greater New York Dental Meeting