UC Hosts 5th Annual Cardiovascular Disease Symposium

Doctors discussing heart health
Doctors discussing heart health

Alexandru Costea is an organizer of the 5th annual Cardiovascular Disease for Primary Care and Specialists symposium.

The University of Cincinnati’s (UC) Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease in the College of Medicine is hosting the fifth annual Cardiovascular Disease for Primary Care and Subspecialist symposium on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at Cincinnati Marriott North, 6189 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester, 45069.

The event is designed to address the needs of the general practitioner, cardiovascular disease specialist, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other medical professionals.

“The focus of this year’s program is on atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and heart failure-—two highly prevalent diseases and conditions in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana,” says Richard Becker, MD, Mabel Stonehill Endowed Professor of Medicine and director and physician-in-chief of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute. “In fact, the incidence and prevalence rates are among the highest per capita in the country.”

Becker says the landscape of diagnostic modalities, new medications and evolving technologies for cardiovascular disease and heart failure is rapidly expanding and understanding contemporary paradigms for care is crucial for primary care providers.

“Primary care providers play a vital role in the prevention and identification of cardiovascular disease,” explains Becker, who is also director of the UC Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease and a UC Health cardiologist. “In addition, they are ideally positioned to provide community education for risk factor modification and wellness.”

All clinicians in a variety of settings can often play an important role in diagnosing cardiovascular disease, says Gregory Rouan, MD, Gordon and Helen Hughes Taylor Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and UC Health physician.

“Often the first chance to make a diagnosis of acute or chronic heart disease is when a patient is seen by a general internal medicine, family medicine, emergency or subspecialty physician,” says Rouan. “The diagnostic and therapeutic modalities are constantly evolving. This course is an ideal opportunity for all to learn the most up to date evidence based guidelines for doing so.”

The symposium includes presentations from several UC faculty members in the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease and UC Health physicians including: Dylan Steen, MD, assistant professor and director of clinical trials and population health research; David Harris, MD, assistant professor and associate program director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program; Jitender Munjal, MD, assistant professor; Umara Raza, MD, assistant professor; Mehran Attari, MD, professor; Timothy Smith, MD, assistant professor; Imran Arif, MD, professor; and Alexandru Costea, MD, professor.

Ann Romaker, MD, associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and director of the UC Medical Center Sleep Medicine clinic, will also present at the symposium.

“This is the fifth edition of our Cardiology for Primary Care series of conferences, and we are happy to report that it has been a tremendous success, not only because our faculty contributions, but more importantly because it is customized to the community needs,” says Costea, a symposium organizer who will also present a workshop at the event.

“We have been very diligent in collecting evaluations and suggestions from our audience after each edition of this conference and adjusted our topics and presentation format based on the requests we received,” says Costea, also director of the electrophysiology center in the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute.

Symposium registration is $25 for health professionals, but free for residents and fellows. CME credit is available —the event has been approved for six (6) American Medical Association (AMA) Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 credit(s) through the UC Continuing Medical Education Office.

You can register online for the symposium.

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