PCNA 20th Annual Symposium Another Great Success

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Joe Searls
Public Relations & Marketing Manager
P: 608-442-3448 | E: jsearls@pcna.net 

MADISON, WI (April 18, 2014) – The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Annual Symposium at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, April 10-12, 2014. The Annual Symposium is PCNA’s largest event of the year, featuring 16 hours of Continuing Education (CE), with lectures by globally recognized speakers delivering the latest information on best practices and national guidelines in cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management. This year a new Pharmacology Preconference was added to the event lineup.

At the preconference, course director Joanna Sikkema led the session with a discussion on the Pharmacologic Management of Hypertension, as well as a discussion on recent controversial recommendations. She was followed by Nurse Practitioner Janet Long, who provided a comprehensive review of anticoagulation and up-to-the-minute additions based on the new atrial fibrillation recommendations. Dr. Kevin Sneed closed the session with a lively discussion of the Unintended Cardiovascular Effects of Non-Cardiac Medications.

The Symposium itself was a marvelous success. Outgoing PCNA President Kathy Berra kicked things off with a review of the year’s accomplishments. Attendees were then treated to a presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Berger and PCNA board member Kim Newlin. Other presenters throughout the conference included Dr. Valentin Fuster, Janelle Gunn, Nanette Wenger, among others. Topics ranged from antiplatelet therapy to familial hypercholesterolemia, as well as discussions on the benefits of increasing physical activity in older adults. Attendees also enjoyed moderated research poster sessions, an exhibit hall, lobbying and advocacy initiatives and networking opportunities.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 20 years of the Annual Symposium, while continuing to innovate and add new timely features and topics” says PCNA CEO Sue Koob, MPA. “Our attendees always have such great energy and excitement about the programs and events, and have shown great excitement for this year’s expanded education opportunities and preconference.”

PCNA has established itself as the premier organization of nursing professionals dedicated to the prevention of cardiac and other vascular diseases throughout the lifespan. PCNA’s mission includes developing and promoting nurses as leaders in this field and supporting comprehensive risk reduction strategies for individuals and populations across the lifespan. PCNA takes pride in supporting leadership, advocacy, lifelong learning and empowerment of the nursing community. To learn more about PCNA and their continuing education, free nursing tools, Annual Symposium and more, visit PCNA.net or join them on facebook.com/heartnurses or twitter @heartnurses.

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