2014 Women's Heart Conference

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Matters of the Heart
Fourth Annual Women's Heart Conference
Feb. 21, 2014
Sheraton Bloomington (Formerly Hotel Sofitel)

This program will enable physicians and other health care providers be better prepared to counsel patients on lifestyle and other health factors contributing to the prevention of heart disease, and have up‑to‑date resources to better diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease in women.

Course directors:
C. Jennifer Dankle, DO, FACC
; Director of Women’s Heart Program, University of Minnesota Physicians Heart
Bhavjot Kaur, MD, FACP; Medical Director Fairview Clinics - Edina and Uptown, Director Medical Education at Fairview Southdale Hospital
S. Kimara March, MD; Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, University of Minnesota Physicians Heart 

Intended audience:
This conference is appropriate for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses who provide obstetric/gynecologic and primary care.

American Medical Association /PRA

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview. Fairview Health Services is accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Fairview Health Services designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 5.75 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.


Nurse practitioners, nurses and other health care professionals

Nurse practitioners, nurses and other health care professionals who participate in this CME activity may submit their Statements of Attendance to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. The purpose of this educational activity is to educate primary care providers, nurses, and mid-level providers in terms of presentation, pathophysiology and management of heart and vascular disease and the gender differences of heart disease in women.

7:30-8 a.m. Continental breakfast and introduction

8 a.m. Statewide initiatives to improve outcomes in cardiac arrest
Demetris Yannopoulos, MD

8:20 a.m.  Hypertension: the silent killer of kidneys
Paul Drawz, MD

8:40 a.m. The skinny on obesity solutions
Luis Laguna, MD

9 a.m. Resynchronizing the heart in heart failure
Luciano Amado, MD

9:20 a.m. Advances in nuclear cardiology and stree testing
Jennifer Dankle, MD

9:40 a.m. Panel discussion

10 a.m. Refreshment Break and Exhibits

10:20 a.m. Breathing, beating and sleeping: sleep apnea in heart disease 
Michael Howell, MD

10:40 a.m. Potential cardiac effects of diabetic drugs
Paul Gotlieb, MD

11 a.m. Advances in structural heart disease - woman's territory
Gregory Helmer, MD, FACC

11:20 a.m. New technology in managing carotid disease
Dominic Plucinski, MD, FACC

11:40 a.m. Panel discussion

12 p.m. Luncheon

1:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions (select one when registering)

Tobacco cessation: kicking the habit – Allyson Schlichte, PharmD, MBA, BCACP

The bread and butter of chest pain evaluation – Tushar Vora, MD, FACC, FASE

Cardiac rehabilitation in secondary prevention – David Laxson, MD, FACC, FAHA

1:30 p.m. Refreshment Break and Exhibits

1:40 p.m. Novel anticoagulation entering a new era
Priya Kumar, MD

2 p.m. Pulmonary hypertention: current guidelines and future directions
Thenappan Thenappan, MD

2:20 p.m. Venous insufficiency and edema; a common problem
Timothy Gavin, MD

2:40 p.m. Peripheral arterial disease in women
Abdi Jama, MD

3 p.m. Panel discussion

3:15 p.m. Complete evaluation and adjourn