Course Details

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2015-details

Course Description:

Approximately every 34 seconds, an American has a coronary event. One person dies from this event every minute. High quality care requires rapid identification and treatment to ensure appropriate guideline management for the right patient at the right time. Despite these goals and widespread dissemination of recent guidelines and updates, adherence to best practices is far from universal among clinicians.

The Heart Course provides an opportunity for practitioners to discuss emerging data, new guidelines, and optimal treatment strategies for the management of cardiac and vascular emergencies. In addition, they will learn to apply cutting edge, state-of-the-art cardiovascular diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic modalities; and improve their current practice.

Target Audience:

The Heart Course: Emergency is intended for emergency physicians, advanced practice nurses, cardiologists, physician assistants, internists, hospitalists, intensivists and primary care physicians who provide care to patients with acute cardiovascular problems.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to initiate safe and effective management of a wide variety of patients with cardiovascular emergencies in the emergency department including:

  • Identify optimum treatment strategies and anti-platelet/anticoagulant therapies for patients with acute coronary syndrome (STEMI, and UA/ NSTEMI)
  • Describe the emerging data on current and novel biomarkers in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, atrial fibrillation (AF), venous thromboembolism (VTE) and stroke.
  •  Understand emerging heart failure management strategies including diagnosis, classification, risk-stratification, prognosis, optimization of volume status, and hyponatremia management
  • Understand and apply optimal management strategies for the treatment of stroke and VTE

Desired Educational Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will demonstrate effective management of cardiovascular emergencies in the acute setting including:

  • Implementation of state-of-the-art cardiovascular resuscitation strategies
  • Demonstrate immediate lifesaving actions for high-risk, high-threat electrocardiography (ECG) findings and unusual dysrhythmias
  • Evaluate and treat patients with complex dysrhythmias
  • Apply latest evidence for risk-stratification and management of the chest pain and acute coronary syndromes
  • Review the evidence based strategies for the management of transient ischemic attack (TIA), stroke, and cerebral hemorrhage
  • Discuss the emerging data on current and novel biomarkers in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease
  • Identify optimal Emergency Department antiplatelet and anticoagulant management strategies for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), atrial fibrillation (AF), venous thromboembolism (VTE) and stroke.
  • Implement strategies for effective emergency department management of the acute heart failure patient, including diagnosis, classification, risk-stratification, prognosis, optimization of volume status, hyponatremia management, organ protection, and potential impact on both short and long-term outcomes
  • Determine evidence based best practices in the management of device related emergencies in patients with cardiac disease, including ventricular assist devices (VAD), pacemakers, and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICD)

 

Planning Committee

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Course Director:

J. Stephen Bohan, MS, MD, FAAEM, FACP, FACEP

Executive Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Associate Professor of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Boston, Massachusetts

Peter-Pang
Peter-Pang

Course Director:

Peter S. Pang, MD MS FACEP, FAAEM, FACC, FAHA

Associate Professor | Emergency Medicine

Indiana University School of Medicine

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Laura-Bontempo

Laura-Bontempo

Laura J. Bontempo, MD, Med, FACEP

Assistant Professor

Department of Emergency Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Baltimore, Maryland

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Amal-Mattu

Amal-Mattu

Amal Mattu, MD, FAAEM, FACEP

Professor and Vice Chair

Director, Emergency Cardiology Fellowship

Department of Emergency Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Baltimore, Maryland