Pharmacology Preconference may be attended as a stand-alone event.
7:00 AMBreakfast
7:30 AM Commercial Event (non-CE)
8:45 AMWelcome to Pharmacology Preconference
9:00 AMThe Science and Clinical Application of Cannabinoids
Theresa Mallick-Searle MS, RN-BC, ANP-BC
10:00 AMActivity and Beverage Break
10:15 AMPharmacologic Management of Depression in Adults
Michelle Heyland DNP, APN, PMHNP-BC
11:15 AM Clinical Management of Thyroid Disorder
Robert Smallridge, MD
12:30 PM Lunch and Commercial Event: Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Patients with Hypertriglyceridemia
Sponsored by Amarin Pharma, Inc.
1:45 PM Pharmacologic Management of Patients with Complex Co-Morbidities: Preventing the Progression of CKD
Carol Headley PhD, NP
2:45 PM Exhibit Hall Open and Beverage Break
3:30 PM Welcome to General Sessions
3:40 PMPCNA Awards Ceremony
3:45 PMOpening Keynote: Advancing Global Health through Nursing Leadership
Beverly Malone, PhD, RN
4:45 PMCurrent Trends in the Diagnosis and Management of Ischemic Heart Disease and Microvascular Angina
Eileen Handberg, PhD, ARNP-BC
5:30 PMOpening Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Presentations in the Exhibit Hall
7:00 PMDinner and Commercial Event: Cardiovascular Cases
Sponsored by Amgen, Inc.
7:00 AMBreakfast
7:30 AMDiabetes and CVD: Making the Connection and Managing Risk
8:50 AM Sex Differences in Prevention and Management of Heart Failure
Mariel Jessup, MD
9:40 AMOptimal Nutrition for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction: What should we eat now?
Catherine Christie PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND
10:20 AMOral Abstract Presentations

Symptoms, Functional Capacity, and Skeletal Muscle in Persons
with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (Original Research)
Brittany Butts, PhD, RN

Matters of the Heart – Navigating Resources to Assist Patients in Managing Cardiovascular Conditions (Innovative Project)
Erin Bradshaw
10:50 AMExhibit Hall and Beverage Break
11:30 AMInflammation and Cardiovascular Disease: Understanding the Relationship
Donna Arnett, PhD, MSPH
12:30 PMLunch and Commercial Event: A New Approach for Managing Lipids: A Novel, Oral, Nonstatin Therapy for Lowering LDL-C
Sponsored by: Esperion
1:30 PMExhibit Hall Break
2:15 PMCryptogenic Stroke and TIA: The importance of early detection and treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
Thomas Brott, MD
3:05 PMExhibit Hall Break
3:35 PMConcurrent Sessions (pick one)
Skill Build Part 1: Interpreting and Applying the 12 Lead ECG in Clinical Settings
Carolyn Miller Reilly, PhD, RN, CHFN
Behavior Change Principles in Action: Helping Patients Set Goals and Follow a Heart-healthy Eating Plan
Jenifer Ross, DCN, RD, LDN
Trends and Effects of Vaping, Energy Drinks and Binge Drinking on Health and Well-Being
Marian Piano, PhD, RN
4:45 PMConcurrent sessions (pick one)
Skill Building Part 2: Heart Sounds: What is Your Patient's Heart Telling You?
Jane Linderbaum
Behavior Change Principles in Action: Helping Patients Set Goals and Follow a Heart-healthy Eating Plan
Jenifer Ross, DCN, RD, LDN
Trends and Effects of Vaping, Energy Drinks and Binge Drinking on Health and Well-Being
Marian Piano, PhD, RN
5:45 PM Wine Reception and Networking
6:00 PMDinner and Commercial Event: Management of LDL-Cholesterol in High-risk Patients
Sponsor: Amgen, Inc.
7:30 AMBreakfast Program TBD
8:45 AMCardiovascular Nursing Certificate Preview
9:05 AMChallenge of Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Keith Ferdinand, MD
9:45 AMPharmacogenomics, Precision Health, and the Management of Cardiovascular Diseases
Rhonda Cooper-Dehoff, Pharm D
10:25 AMMovement and Beverage Break
10:40 AMInnovations in Cardiac Rehabilitation: New Delivery Models Including Home-based Programs
Theresa Beckie PhD, MN, RN
11:15 AMClosing Keynote
Fearless Soul: The Call to Nursing and the Courage to Stay
Elizabeth Robinson, PhD, RN, CNS
12:05 PMClosing Remarks and Prize Drawing

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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. 


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.