Heart Failure Management for Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Primary Care Providers

Heart Failure Management for NP, PA, and Primary Care Providers

Heart Failure Management for Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Primary Care Providers

Disney's BoardWalk Inn, Lake Buena Vista, FL

1/18/2018 - 1/20/2018

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Course Overview

Endorsed by:     

Officially endorsed by the Heart Failure Society of America. The opinions presented in this educational activity do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the HFSA.

This course delivers a concise yet comprehensive review of the diagnosis and management of heart failure across its multiple stages.  Heart failure is a prevalent and costly disease causing debilitating symptoms and excess mortality.  While cardiac subspecialists provide essential testing and treatment at various stages of heart failure care, the majority of patient management is handled by primary care providers.  A clinical format will highlight the practice dilemmas and key management strategies essential to enhance the attendees’ confidence in caring for these challenging patients.

Pharmacology Content
Select presentations will contain pharmacology content as noted in the program. Identified presentations represent approximately 7.5 contact hours of pharmacology content.


This course is appropriate for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, cardiologists, and primary care providers interested in an update on heart failure.



Thursday, January 18, 2018

7:00 a.m.        Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m.        Welcome and Program Overview—Pretest

The Clinical Syndrome of Heart Failure

8:00 a.m.        Does Every Swollen Dyspneic Patient Have Heart Failure?  Building the Clinical Diagnosis

                       Jean A. Wagner, M.S.N., APRN, C.N.P.

8:25 a.m.        Questions and Answers

8:30 a.m.        Echo in Heart Failure: What It Can and Cannot Tell You 

                       Barry L. Karon, M.D.

8:55 a.m.        Questions and Answers

9:00 a.m.        Initial Evaluation of the Patient With Newly Discovered Dilated Cardiomyopathy

                       Richard J. Rodeheffer, M.D.

9:25 a.m.        Questions and Answers

9:30 a.m.        Case-Based Approach to Choosing Diagnostic Testing

                       Moderator(s):  Dr. Karon and Jean Wagner

                       Discussants:  Drs. Mankad, Abou-Ezzeddine, Bonnichsen

9:55 a.m.        Questions and Answers

10:00 a.m.      Refreshment Break

10:20 a.m.      Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: Where Are We

                       in 2018?

                       Barry L. Karon, M.D.

10:45 a.m.      Questions and Answers

10:50 a. m.     Sarcoid Myocarditis: When to Suspect, How to Diagnose, and Treatment Options (Pharmacology Content)
                       Omar F. Abou-Ezzeddine, M.D.C.M., M.S. 

11:15 a.m.      Questions and Answers

11:20 a.m.      How We Discuss the Disease Trajectory With Our Patients?

                       Presenter: Jean A. Wagner, M.S.N., APRN, C.N.P.

                       Panel:  Drs.  Karon, Rodeheffer, and Borgeson

11:45 a.m.      Rapid Fire Heart Failure Cases – Make the Diagnosis

12:30 p.m.      Lunch

Co-morbidities in Heart Failure

1:30 p.m.        Common Dysrhythmias in Patients With Heart Failure (Pharmacology Content)
                       Christopher J. McLeod, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D.

1:55 p.m.        Questions and Answers

2:00 p.m.        Managing Anticoagulation in Heart Failure Patients (Pharmacology Content)      

                       Dalene M. Bott Kitslaar, M.S., C.N.P.

2:25 p.m.        Questions and Answers

2:30 p.m.        Sleep Apnea in Heart Failure: Picking up the Pieces After SERVE-HF 

                      Sean M. Caples, D.O., M.S.

2:55 p.m.        Questions and Answers

3:00 p.m.        Cases Studies in Combined Heart and Renal Failure: Choosing a Strategy That
                       Both Cardiology and Nephrology Can Embrace (Pharmacology Content)

                       Barry L. Karon, M.D. and Eddie L. Greene, M.D.

3:30 p.m.        Adjourn

Friday, January 19, 2018

7:00 a.m.        Continental breakfast

7:25 a.m.        Welcome and Program Overview

Heart Failure Treatment  

7:30 a.m.        Optimizing Use of ACE Inhibitors, Beta Blockers, Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists,
                       and Digoxin (Pharmacology Content)

                       Barry L. Karon, M.D.

8:00 a.m.        Questions and Answers

8:05 a.m.        What About ARB-Ni and Ivabradine?  Where Do These Newer Agents Fit In?
                        (Pharmacology Content)

                       Daniel D. Borgeson, M.D.

8:30 a.m.        Questions and Answers

Mini Symposium:  Heart Failure in the Out-Patient Setting;  How to Try to Keep Patients Out of the Hospital

8:35 a.m.        Volume Management:  Non-pharmacologic Measures, Diuretics Beyond Furosemide
                       (Pharmacology Content)

                       Jean A. Wagner, M.S.N., APRN, C.N.P.

9:00 a.m.        Questions and Answers

9:05 a.m.        How to Titrate Meds in Out-Patients With Heart Failure: Real-World Challenges (Pharmacology Content)


9:30 a.m.        Questions and Answers

9:35 a.m.        Implanted Ambulatory Pulmonary Artery Pressure Measurement Devices:
                       The Science and the Reality

                       Janell Grazzini Frantz, M.S.N., APRN, C.N.P. & TBD

10:00 a.m.      Question and Answer

10:05 a.m.      Refreshment Break

Mini Symposium:  Heart Failure in the Hospitalized Patient

10:25 a.m.      Initial Approach to the Hospitalized Patient:  A Case-based Approach (Pharmacology Content)
                       Omar F. Abou-Ezzeddine,  M.D.C.M., M.S.

10:50 a.m.      Questions and Answers    

10:55 a.m.      Commonly Encountered Problems in Hospitalized Patients With Heart Failure I:
                       “My Patient Won’t Pee!” (Pharmacology Content)
                       Eddie L. Greene, M.D.

11:20 a.m.      Questions and Answers

11:25 a.m.      Commonly Encountered Problems in Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure II:
                       “My Patient’s Hypotension is Interfering with My Ability to manage them Medically!”
                       (Pharmacology Content)
                       Daniel D. Borgeson, M.D.

11:50 a.m.      Questions and Answers

12:00 p.m.      LUNCH

1:00 p.m.        When to Consider a Right Heart Catheterization and How to Interpret the Results
                       Robert P. Frantz, M.D.

1:25 p.m.        Questions and Answers

1:30 p.m.        Translating Clinical and Right Heart Catheterization Data into Proper Selection
                       of Intravenous Vasoactive Drugs: Case Examples (Pharmacology Content)
                       Richard J. Rodeheffer, M.D.

1:55 p.m.        Question and Answers

2:00 p.m.        Yikes!  An Adult Patient with Congenital Heart Disease Is on My Hospital Service! 
                       What (and what not) To Do ?  

                       Crystal R. Bonnichsen, M.D.

2:25 p.m.        Question and Answer

2:30 p.m.        Take Home Points: Caring for the Hospitalized Patient With Heart Failure

                       Jean A. Wagner, M.S.N., APRN, C.N.P.  and Barry L. Karon, M.D.

2:40 p.m.        Questions and Answers

2:45 p.m.        Utilizing Device Data to Optimize Treatment for Patients With Heart Failure

                       Christopher J. McLeod, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D.

3:10  p.m.       Q/A Session

3:15 p.m.        Wound and Non-Pharmacologic Edema Management for Patients with Heart Failure

                       Dalene M. Bott Kitslaar, M.S., APRN, C.N.P.

3:40 p.m.        Question and Answer

3:45 p.m.        Is Your Patient With Heart Failure Able to Undergo Non-cardiac Surgery?

                       Rekha Mankad, M.D.

4:10 p.m.        Question and Answer

4:15 p.m.        Adjourn 

Saturday,  January 20, 2018

7:00 a.m.        Continental breakfast

7:30 a.m.        Program Overview

Advanced Heart Failure

7:35 a.m.        The Other Ventricle: Managing Right-Sided Heart Failure (Pharmacology Content)

                       Robert P. Frantz, M.D.

8:00 a.m.        Questions and Answers

8:05 a.m.        Common Valve Disorders in the Patient With Heart Failure:  Choosing  Between  Medical,
                       Interventional, or Surgical Treatments (Pharmacology Content)

                       Rekha Mankad, M.D.

8:30 a.m.        Questions and Answers

8:35 a.m.        Cardiac Transplant and LVAD: When to Refer?

                       Robert P. Frantz, M.D.

9:00 a.m.        Questions and Answers

9:05 a.m.        Strategies When Discussing End of Life Issues

                       Amanda K. Lorenz, M.D.

9:30 a.m.        Questions and Answers

9:35 a.m.        Refreshment Break

9:50 a.m.        Symptom Management in Advanced Heart Failure (Pharmacology Content)

                       Amanda K. Lorenz, M.D.

10:20 a.m.      Questions and Answers

10:30 a.m.      Education Post Test

10:50 a.m.      Illustrative Cases in Advanced Heart Failure (Pharmacology Content)

                       Cases:  Jean A. Wagner, M.S.N., APRN, C.N.P.

                       Panelists:  Drs. Lorenz, Frantz, Grazzini Frantz, and Abou-Ezzeddine

11:35 a.m.      Summary/Closing Remarks

11:45 a.m.      Adjourn   



Barry L. Karon, M.D
Jean A. Wagner, M.S.N., APRN, C.N.P.

Omar F. Abou Ezzeddine, M.D., C.M., M.S.
Crystal R. Bonnichsen, M.D.
Daniel D. Borgeson, M.D.
Dalene M. Bott Kitslaar, M.S., APRN, C.N.P.
Sean M. Caples, D.O., M.S.
Robert P. Frantz, M.D.
Janell Grazzini Frantz, M.S.N., APRN, C.N.P
Eddie L. Greene, M.D.
Amanda K. Lorenz, M.D.
Rekha Mankad, M.D.
Christopher J. McLeod, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D.
Richard J. Rodeheffer, M.D.


Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in activity.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to other health care professionals for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies, or other professional associations. Attendees should ensure in advance that their credentialing or licensing organization accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM from the sponsor of this activity.



MD, PhD, DO, PharmD Early Bird Pricing $750 (after 12/19/2017 $850
NP, PA, RN, Fellow, Resident, Technologist Early Bird Pricing $665 (after 12/19/2017 $765)

The registration fee includes tuition, electronic course syllabus, continental breakfasts, break refreshments, and lunch. Although it is not Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular CME (CV CME) policy to limit the number of registrants for a course, conference room facilities may necessitate closing of enrollment; therefore, early registration is advised. Enrollment for this program is limited.

If you cancel your participation in this course, your registration fee, less a $75 administrative fee, will be refunded when written notification is received by Mayo Clinic CV CME before Thursday, January 4, 2018, (email: cvcme@mayo.edu). No refunds will be made on or after Thursday, January 4, 2018 Canceled registrations are non-transferable.

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Additional Person (18 yrs. and older): $25.00 per person per night

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This course offers the opportunity for commercial companies to interact with health care providers and highlight their products and services. If you are interested in exhibit space during this course, please contact Charlene Tri.  Exhibits will be available for viewing at all scheduled breaks.

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