The Heart Course 2018
Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Care for the Front Line Clinician
Cardiovascular emergencies must be recognized immediately and treated appropriately to prevent life-threatening consequence. Sometimes only seconds matter to save a life. The skills, tools, and resources to respond to these emergencies are rapidly evolving. The Heart Course provides an opportunity for frontline providers of emergency cardiology to learn, discuss, and apply emerging data, new guidelines, and optimal treatment strategies for the management of cardiac and vascular emergencies.
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The Heart Course is intended for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and advanced practice professionals that provide care to patients with acute cardiovascular problems.
- Discuss chest pain risk stratification by exploring the ins and outs of the Heart Score
- Identify the evidence-based strategies for the management of patients with acute coronary syndrome (STEMI, and UA/ NSTEMI), atrial fibrillation, heart failure, transient ischemic attack (TIA), stroke, and cerebral hemorrhage
- Describe the mechanisms of action and optimal evidence-based use of new and emerging cardiovascular medications, including new oral anticoagulants (NOAC) therapy and reversal agents
- Demonstrate state-of-the-art resuscitation strategies for patients presenting with cardiovascular emergencies
- Evaluate and initiate appropriate treatment strategies for high-risk, high-threat electrocardiography (ECG) findings and unusual dysrhythmias
- Discuss the emerging data on current and novel biomarkers in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease
- Identify optimal antiplatelet and anticoagulant management strategies for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), atrial fibrillation (AF), venous thromboembolism (VTE), and stroke
- Determine evidence-based best practices in the management of device-related emergencies in patients with cardiac disease, including ventricular assist devices (VADs), pacemakers, and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
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3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89158
Dr. Laura Bontempo received her medical degree from Northwestern University in 1994 and subsequently completed an emergency medicine residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 1998. She spent 5 years at Harvard University as the Associate Emergency Medicine Program Director and then was recruited to Yale University to become the Emergency Medicine Program Director, a position she held for 7 years. Dr. Bontempo received a Master’s in Education degree with a concentration in health professional education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has received teaching awards in emergency medicine from Northwestern, Harvard and Yale Universities and the University of Maryland. Dr. Bontempo is published in multiple emergency medicine textbooks and has lectured nationally in the areas of cardiology and otolaryngology.
Dr. Jestin Carlson serves as Chair of the Education Committee of the National Clinical Governance Board. He is also the Director of Resident Research and Vice Chair for the Institutional Review Board for the Allegheny Health Network.
Dr. Megan Fix grew up in a small town in Michigan and then headed to California where she attended Stanford University for undergraduate and Stanford School of Medicine. She was a resident in Emergency Medicine in Boston at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Program and was chief resident her final year of residency. She then was an attending at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME and was the director of medical student education. She arrived in Utah in 2010 and has served as the Associate Program Director for the Emergency Medicine residency program as well as the 4th year medical school Transitions to Internship Course Director. Dr. Fix's main focus is in medical education. She is heavily involved in local resident and medical student education as well as nationally involved in the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) as well as multiple CME courses such as The Heart Course and the Difficult Airway Course. She has been awarded multiple teaching awards and has published multiple papers mostly surrounding medical education and airway education.
Disclosure: Dr. Fix has nothing to disclose.
Dr. Amal Mattu completed an emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after which he completed a teaching fellowship with a special focus on emergency cardiology. He joined the faculty in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland in 1996. He has received more than a dozen teaching awards including national awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), and the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA); and in 2000 he was selected as Founder’s Day Teacher of the Year for the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus. He received the 2005-2006 Rookie Faculty of the Year Award and the Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award from ACEP, Program Director of the Year Awards from the AAEM Resident and Student Association in 2006 and from EMRA in 2011, the 2007 Maryland Emergency Physician of the Year Award from the Maryland Chapter-ACEP, the 2008 “Joe Lex” National Educator of the Year Award from AAEM, and the 2013 “Peter Rosen Award” for outstanding leadership in academic emergency medicine.
Dr. Frances Russell, MD, RDMS is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound Division and Fellowship Director at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. She serves as clinical faculty in the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Emergency Department. She completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Connecticut and Fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at Cook County Hospital/Rush Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Russell’s primary research interest is in the use of clinical ultrasound in patients with shortness of breath, mainly acute heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. She has multiple peer-reviewed papers on these topics.
- 28.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 28.75 Certificate of Participation