2015 Women's Heart Conference

Matters of the Heart
Fifth Annual Women's Heart Conference
Feb. 27, 2015
The Westin Galleria

This program will enable physicians and other healthcare 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, FACC; Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, University of Minnesota Physicians Heart

Intended audience:
This conference is appropriate for physicians, advanced practice providersand registered nurses who provide cardiology, obstetric and 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 Heart Care. 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 6.5 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 6.5 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 physicians, advanced practice providers and registered nurses in terms of presentation, pathophysiology and management of heart and vascular disease and the gender differences of heart disease in women.


by Abdi Jama, MD, FACC
by Robert Ketroser, MD, FACC
by Regina Cho, MD
by Kiran Lassi, MD
by Peter Eckman, MD, FACC
by Demos Iskos, MD, FACC
by Tony Plucinski, MD, FACC
by John Bantle, MD
by Katherine Frey, MD
by Tushar Vora, MD, FACC, FASE


  • 7:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast
  • 7:45-8:00 a.m. Welcome and introduction
  • 8:00-8:20 a.m. The heart’s mammogram: screening for early cardiovascular disease
    Abdi Jama, MD, FACC
  • 8:20-8:45 a.m. Updated guidelines on cholesterol management
    Robert Ketroser, MD, FACC
  • 8:45-9:05 a.m. Keeping cool: how to treat hot flashes
    Regina Cho, MD
  • 9:05-9:30 a.m. A new era of blood thinners
    Kiran Lassi, MD
  • 9:30-9:50 a.m. Central sleep apnea and the failing heart
    Conrad Iber, MD
  • 9:50-10:05 a.m. BREAK
  • 10:05-10:50 a.m. Advances in heart failure
    Peter Eckman, MD, FACC
  • 10:50-11:20 a.m. Evaluation of pericardial diseases
    Candace Dick, MD, FACC
  • 11:20-11:50 a.m. Cardio-oncology: understanding the tumor markers
    Rebecca Thomas, MD, MHSc
  • 11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m. LUNCH
  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. What is SCAD (Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection)
    Marisyia Tweet, MD
  • 1:30-1:50 p.m. Living with atrial fibrillation
    Demos Iskos, MD, FACC
  • 1:50-2:10 p.m. Evaluation and management of leaky valves
    Shashank Vats, MD, FACC
  • 2:10-2:30 p.m. The edematous leg: evaluation and treatment
    Tony Plucinski, MD, FACC
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m. BREAK
  • 2:45-3:15 p.m. Novel drugs in treatment of diabetes
    John Bantle, MD
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m. Importance of anemia before heart surgery
    Katherine Frey, MD
  • 3:45-4:15 p.m. Thoracic aneurysms: a ticking time bomb
    Tushar Vora, MD, FACC, FASE
  • 4:15 p.m. ADJOURN