Program Information

2016 Schedule 

Designed to blend the latest advancements in science with practical clinical approaches to patient management, PCNA’s Annual Symposium features keynote addresses, lectures and workshops presented by world-renowned authorities in cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management.

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Thursday, April 14           Pharmacology Preconference

Pharmacology Preconference may be attended as a stand-alone event.

Registration opens at 9:00 AM


11:15 AM - 12:15 PM      Lunch and Product Theater (non-CE)
Rethinking Statin Selection: Leveraging the Patient-Centric Approach
Sponsored by Kowa
12:30 - 12:45 PM   Welcome and Course Overview
Course Director, Joanna Sikkema, DNP, ANP-BC, FAHA, FPCNA
12:45 - 2:00 PM   Pharmacological Management of the Cardiac Patient With Complex Comorbid Disease
Joanna Sikkema, DNP, ANP-BC, FAHA, FPCNA
2:15 - 3:30 PM   Managing the Cardiac Patient Requiring Antithrombotic Therapy
Kim Newlin RN, CNS, NP, FPCNA
3:30 - 4:45 PM   Over the Counter Medications and Dietary Supplements: What the Cardiovascular Nurse Needs to Know
Rhonda Cooper DeHoff, PharmD, MS, FAHA, FACC

4:45 - 5:30 PM   Case Studies with All Faculty Panel
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Dinner and Product Theater
Highlights of Management of Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction: Superiority of a Novel Therapy to a Standard of Care Medication
Sponsored by Novartis

Friday, April 15       Annual Symposium General Sessions

Registration opens at 6:00 AM 
Exhibit hours are 12:15 - 2:15 PM and 5:20 - 6:45 PM

7:15 - 8:15 AM   Breakfast and Product Theater
A Treatment Approach for Patients with Chronic Systolic Heart Failure
Sponsored by Amgen
8:30 - 8:45 AM   Welcome and Announcements
8:45 - 9:45 AM   Heart Failure Management: A 2016 Update
Sue Wingate, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
9:45 - 10:15 AM   Setting the Stage: Peer-to-Peer Learning
10:20 - 11:15 AM   Strategies to Reduce CV Risk in the Hispanic Community
Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAP
11:20 AM - 12:15 PM
  Hypertension: A 2016 Update
Jan Basile, MD
12:15 - 2:15 PM   Exhibit Hall Open
12:30 - 1:30 PM   Lunch and Product Theater (non-CE)
Treatment of Chronic Angina with Ranexa (Ranolazine)
Sponsored by Gilead
2:15 - 3:10 PM   Brain Attack: Transitions from Acute Care to Home or Rehabilitation
Elaine Miller, RN, PhD, CRRN, FAHA, FAAN
3:10 - 3:20 PM   Afternoon Break
3:20 - 5:20 PM   Skill Building Workshops: Choose One



  12-Lead ECG Interpretation: Intermediate Level
LouAnn Bailey, CRNP

Clinical Significance of Non-Invasive Imaging
David Anderson, MS, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Carolyn Landolfo, MD

Moderated Poster Session
5:20 - 6:45 PM   Exhibits, Opening Reception, and Poster Presentations

6:45 - 7:45 PM   Dinner and Product Theater (non-CE)
Thrombosis: AFib & DVT/PE, an Exploration in Risk Reduction
Sponsored by Janssen

Saturday, April 16

Registration opens at 6:00 AM
Exhibit hours are 9:45 - 10:45 AM and 12:10 - 2:15 PM 

6:45 AM   Breakfast and Product Theater 
The Role of EPA as Adjunct to Statin Therapy in High TG
Sponsored by Amarin
8:00 - 8:10 AM   Welcome and Announcements
8:10 - 9:15 AM  
Optimizing Antiplatlet Therapy in the High-Risk Cardiovascular Patient
David Anderson, MS, MD, FACC, FSCAI
9:15 - 10:45 AM   Exhibits Hall Open and Morning Break
10:45 - 11:15 AM   Winning Abstract Presentations 
11:15 - 12:10 PM   Leveraging Technology for Cardiovascular Health: How Fast Are We Moving
Mary Cain, MPH
12:10 - 2:15 PM   Exhibit Hall Open
12:15 - 1:15 PM   Lunch and Product Theater (non-CE)
Inhibiting PCSK9 to Lower LDL-C with Praluent® (Alirocumab) Injection
Sponsored by Sanofi/Regeneron
2:15 - 3:10 PM   Medication Reconciliation: Just How Big a Problem is Polypharmacy
Amanda Engle, PharmD, BCPS
3:10 - 3:20 PM   Stretch Break
3:20 - 4:15 PM   Proactive Management of Afib: Prevention and Early Identification
Eileen Handberg, PhD, ANP-BC, FAHA, FACC
4:15 - 4:25 PM   Afternoon Break
4:25 - 5:20 PM    Breakout Sessions: Choose one
    Heart Failure: Hospital to Home and Hopefully Not Back
Juanita Riegle, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CHFN

Stress Management: Good for You, Good for Your Patient!
Jane Nelson Worel, MSN, APRN-BC, APNP, FAHA, FPCNA

Sleep, Blessed Sleep: Relationship to Cardiovascular Health
Glenn Brassington, PhD

Sunday, April 17

Registration opens at 6:00 AM

6:45 AM   Breakfast
7:00 - 8:00 AM  

PCNA Member Celebration and Awards Ceremony

8:10 - 9:15 AM   Promising New Strategies for Complex Lipids Patients: When, Where and How
Neil Stone, MD, MACP, FAHA, FACC
 9:25 - 10:20 AM   Plant-Based Diet: What's in it for the Planet and the Patient?
Catherine Christie, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND
10:20 - 10:35 AM    Stretch Break

10:35 - 11:30 AM


Obesity: Management of a Chronic Illness with Lifestyle, Pharmacologic and Surgical Approaches
Donna Ryan, MD

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Health of the Nation: A Preventive Focus
Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH
12:35 - 12:45 PM   Closing Remarks and Prize Drawing

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. CEP 16268 for 16 Contact Hours.

Accreditation Statement

This educational activity is provided by the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA). Multiple educational grants have been requested to support this program. PCNA is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education (CE) programs by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), provider number 030602. This program is accredited for 16 contact hours of continuing education, which includes 3 hours of pharmacology. This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Policies and Commercial Support Standards.

Slides from 2015 Sessions

Access slides from the most recent Annual Symposium.