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Matters of the Heart Conference 2018

Discover the latest innovations in caring for your patients who are at risk for or are living with heart disease. Join us at the 2018 Matters of the Heart Conference (previously called the Women’s Heart Conference: Matters of the Heart).

Friday, February 9, 2018

Radisson Blu Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN 55425

Register today! Get the early rate through January 9, 2018 online or by calling 612-672-7272.

Hear experts from University of Minnesota Health Heart Care and other healthcare systems present the latest options for diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease. You’ll also learn effective methods of counseling patients on lifestyle and other health factors that help prevent heart disease.

Topics include various case presentations in ischemic and structural heart disease, an athlete’s heart, hypertension – pearls, PAD and stroke interventions, and cardiac medications and allergies.

Course Purpose and Learning Objectives

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.

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Identify the risk of heart and vascular disease.
  • Implement appropriate preventive measures in the setting of various heart diseases.
  • Determine appropriate diagnosis of various heart conditions.
  • Apply optimal therapeutic interventions for cardiac and vascular disease.


Friday, February 9, 2018

7:00–7:50 a.m. Registration | Continental Breakfast | Exhibits

7:50–8:00 a.m. Welcome | Moderator Kate Moody, PA-C

Session 1 From the ER to the Cath Lab: Ischemic Heart Disease
8:00–8:20 a.m. - Case Presentation: Female with Chest Pain | Tushar Vora, MD, FACC
8:20–8:40 a.m. - Risk of CAD with Autoimmune Disease | Prabhu Deepak Udayakumar, MD 
8:40–9:00 a.m. - Management and Intervention of Ischemic Heart Disease | S. Kimara March, MD 
9:00–9:20 a.m. - Hives, Angioedema and Rashes: Aspirin, Ace Inhibitors, Beta Blockers – An allergist’s perspective | Nancy Ott, MD
9:20–9:40 a.m. - Panel Discussion | Drs. Vora, Udayakumar, March, Ott

9:40–10:00 a.m. Break | Exhibits

Session 2 Structural Heart Disease: Case Presentations
10:00–10:20 a.m. - Pulmonary Hypertension | Sonia Jain, MD, MBBS
10:20–10:40 a.m. - Differentiating Adaptation from Disease: The Athlete’s Heart: A Cautionary Tale of an NBA Superstar | Eric Ernst, MD
10:40–11:00 a.m. - Adult Congenital Heart Disease | Jamie Lohr, MD
11:00–11:20 a.m. - Cardiac Sarcoidosis | Suma Konety, MD
11:20–11:40 a.m. - Panel Discussion | Drs. Jain, Ernst, Lohr, Konety

11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m - Lunch

Session 3 
12:40–1:10 p.m. - Keynote Address: The Media & Medicine: A Love/Hate Relationship | Kerri Miller from MPR News and “Talking Volumes”
1:10–1:30 p.m. - Hypertension - Pearls | Gary Schwartz, MD 
1:30–1:50 p.m. - Primary Mechanical Thrombectomy as Therapy for Large Vessel Thromboembolic Ischemic Stroke | Michael Madison, MD 

1:50–2:00 p.m.  - Stretch!

2:00–2:15 p.m. - Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) – Neurology Perspective | Christopher Streib, MD
2:15–2:30 p.m. - Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) – Cardiology Perspective | Timinder Biring, MD
2:30–2:50 p.m. - Panel Discussion | Drs. Schwartz, Madison, Streib, Biring

2:50–3:10 p.m. - Break | Exhibits

Session 4 

3:10–3:30 p.m. - Case Presentation: Woman with PAD Symptoms and Initial Work Up | Christina Fanola, MD, MSC
3:30–3:50 p.m. - Management and Intervention for Peripheral Arterial Disease | Abdi Jama, MD, FACC, RPVI
3:50–4:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion | Session 4 Presenters

4:00 p.m. - Adjourn

*Agenda subject to change



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

Fairview Health Services designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants

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 6.0 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 educational activity may submit their Statement 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.

Physicians (register by January 9, 2018): $200
Physicians (register after January 9, 2018): $225
Allied Health (PA, NP, RN) (register by January 9, 2018): $125
Allied Health (PA, NP, RN) (register after January 9, 2018): $150

Space is limited and conference fills fast. Register early for discounted rate! 
Course fee includes course materials, breakfast and lunch. Registrants will receive confirmation once registration has been processed. Cancellations on or before Feb. 5 will receive a refund minus a $10 administration fee. Cancellations after Feb. 5 or no-shows are non-refundable.

Course Directors

Sonia Jain, MD, MBBS
University of Minnesota Health Heart Care

Bhavjot Kaur, MD, FACP
Fairview Health Services

Kimara March, MD
University of Minnesota Health Heart Care

Hotel Arrangements

A block of rooms at the Radisson Blu Mall of America is reserved through Jan. 9, 2018, for participants. Reserve a room