Join Us for Our Annual Update

Learn about the latest in diagnosing, treating and managing arrhythmias, heart failure and cardiovascular disease. Primary care physicians and mid-level practitioners are invited to attend this exciting and informative educational opportunity.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ascension Seton Administration Offices
1345 Philomena Street
Austin, Texas 78723

Registration is FREE

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The Ascension Texas is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Ascension Texas designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


For questions, please contact Katie Summers or Shannon Spence at Seton Heart Institute: 512-324-9999, ext. 18164 or 18167


7:00-7:45 a.m.

7:45 – 8:15 a.m.
Updates in Lipid Management
Tuan Nguyen, MD

1. List cardiovascular risk factors.
2. Identify patients at increased risk for cardiovascular events.
3. Describe which patients would benefit from cholesterol lowering medications.
4. Discuss updated lipid and cardiovascular risk factor management guidelines.

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
Aspirin in Primary Prevention: Does It Really Keep The Doctor Away?
Vu Nguyen, MD

1. Describe primary vs. secondary prevention in the cardiac patient population.
2. Discuss contemporary studies regarding Aspirin use for primary prevention.

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Secondary Prevention for Coronary Artery Disease—Antiplatelet & Anticoagulation Therapy
George Rodgers, MD

1. Discuss the implications to practice of conflicting studies and new information in the management of secondary prevention in Coronary Artery Disease.

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Break

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
TAVR—Transcatheter Valve Therapies
Mark J. Pirwitz, MD

1. Discuss evaluation and management of patients with valvular heart disease.
2. Describe current and future therapeutic options for valvular heart disease.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Peripheral Arterial Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment of the Ischemic Limb
Peter Monteleone, MD

1. Classify the diseases along the spectrum of the ischemic limb.
2. Discuss appropriate diagnostic tests to allow characterization of ischemic limb conditions.
3. Describe the selection of the appropriate therapies for treatment of the ischemic limb.
4. Describe a plan to implement the best care for patients with ischemic limbs through a multi-disciplinary treatment approach.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Matthew Stahlman, MD

1. Discuss the prevalence of cryptogenic stroke.
2. Identify the diagnostic techniques to further evaluate for the potential etiology of cryptogenic stroke.
3. Discuss the role of patent foramen ovale (PFO) and stroke.
4. Assess the various therapeutic options to prevent recurrent stroke.

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Lunch/Meet with Vendors

11:45 – 12:15 p.m.
Overview on ECG Interpretation
Thomas Kurian, MD

1. Accurately identify to the rhythm of the heart based on ECG evaluation.
2. Identify patients who may be at increased risk for coronary disease based on ECG characteristics.
3. Develop differential diagnosis for common ECG findings.

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Risk Factor Modification in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation
Thomas Kurian, MD

1. Recognize the most important modifiable risk factors for developing atrial fibrillation.
2. Discuss the benefit achieved with successful modification of AF risk factors.

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
Stroke Risk Reduction in Atrial Fibrillation
Mauricio Hong, MD

1. Discuss the appropriate workup for patients with cryptogenic stroke and increase awareness of the options available for detecting asymptomatic atrial fibrillation.
2. Describe options available for reducing stroke risk in patients with known atrial fibrillation including for patients who are at high risk of bleeding.

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Break

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
Raymond Bietry, MD

1. Understand the diagnostic criteria of PPCM.
2. Recognize the underlying pathophysiology of disease and how it informs management.
3. Understand treatment recommendations as well as discuss controversies in breast feeding and future pregnancies.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Identification of the Advanced Heart Failure Patient
Mary Beth Cishek, MD

1. Identify the features of the advanced heart failure patient.
2. Explain the role of an advanced heart failure center and the process of transplant evaluation.
3. Discuss the role of cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.
4. Discuss the process of evaluation and life with a transplant with a patient.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Clay Cauthen, MD

1. Primary Care physicians need to recognize the concept and role of a cardio-oncology consultative service.