Program Schedule

2018 Schedule 

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

Wednesday, April 4           Pharmacology Preconference

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


11:00 PM   Lunch
12:30 PM        Welcome and Course Overview
12:45 PM   BMI 30+? Managing Excess Weight with Medication
2:00 PM    Break 
2:15 PM
Anti-Hyperglycemic Therapies: Improving CVD Outcomes and Hemoglobin A1c
3:30 PM

3:45 PM   Medications to Manage Rate, Rhythm and Symptoms Associated with Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter
5:00 PM    Case Study Panel Discussion
5:30 PM    Break 
5:45 PM   Dinner

Thursday, April 5       Annual Symposium General Sessions

8:00 AM   Breakfast
9:00 AM   Break 
9:15 AM   President's Welcome 
9:30 AM   Opening Keynote: Education and Clinical Care in the Era of Quality, Precision Medicine and Digital Health
10:30 AM   Break 
10:45 AM   Genetic Counseling and Inherited CVD: A Family Affair
11:30 AM
Pediatric Prevention Guidelines: Its Never Too Early (Or Too Late) to Focus on Heart Health
12:15 PM   Break
12:30 PM   Lunch
12:30 PM   Leadership Luncheon (invite only) 
1:30 PM
  Exhibit Hall Open
2:30 PM   Skill Building Sessions (pick one)

Don't Sleep On It! Integrating Sleep Assessments and Treatments in Your CVD Practice

CVD Imaging: A Primer in Test Selection, Interpretation and Application

Moderated Poster Session
4:30 PM    Break 
4:45 PM   It's Easy Being Green: Lifestyle Medicine and Plant-based Diets
5:45 PM   Opening Reception
7:30 PM   Dinner

Saturday, April 6

Exhibit hours are 10:45 - 11:30 AM

8:00 AM   Breakfast Program
9:00 AM   Exhibit Hall Open
9:45 AM   The Weight of the World: Reducing Stroke and CVD Disparities
10:45 AM    Poster Winners Announced
11:00 AM   Exhibit Hall Open
12:30 PM   Lunch
1:30 PM    Break
1:45 PM   Matching Hypertension Risks and Treatments: Its a Balancing Act
2:30 PM   Managing CVD Risks in Older Adults: Lessons from a Geriatric Cardiology Practice
3:15 PM   Break
4:15 PM    Breakout Sessions (pick one)
    Palliative Care: Ensuring Quality of Life Across the Spectrum of CVD

Managing Atrial Fibrillation: Devices and Interventions

Cardio-Renal Syndrome: Managing Risk and Treating Disease

Sunday, April 7

7:30 AM   Breakfast Program
8:30 AM  


8:45 AM   PCNA Member Celebration and Awards Ceremony
9:00 AM   CVD Risk Stratification and a Life-Course Perspective on Risk Communication

9:45 AM



10:00 AM


Cardiac Rehab in 2018: Incorporating New Populations and Approaches
10:45 PM   Closing Keynote: Balancing Compassion with Moral Resilience: Self-Care and its Impact on Patient Care
11:45 AM    Prize Drawings and Wrap-Up

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 was planned in accordance with AANP CE Policies and Commercial Support Standards.