35th Annual North Central Heart Cardiac Symposium

35th Annual North Central Heart Cardiac Symposium Banner

Date & Location
Thursday, November 2, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Sioux Falls Convention Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Cardiology, Family Medicine, Industry Professional, Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine

Upon the completion of this program the learner will gather information that will highlight current evidence-based concepts and technology for the evaluation, diagnosis and management of cardiovascular patients.

Upon completion of this activity the learner will:
  1. Identify the risks and limitations of using dietary supplements for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. (Noel)
  2. Locate accurate and up-to-date clinical information regarding supplements. (Noel)
  3. Discuss current evidence and recommendations for the use of Coenzyme Q10, red yeast rice, fish oil, and other supplements used in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. (Noel)
  4. Define cardiovascular disease mechanisms activated by sleep apnea. (Somers)
  5. Review the role of diving reflex in bradyarrhythmias triggered by sleep apnea. (Somers)
  6. Identify the association between sleep apnea and both myocardial ischemia and cardiac arrhythmias. (Somers)
  7. Describe the interaction and mechanisms linking sleep apnea to sudden death. (Somers)
  8. Review the etiologies for syncope while driving. (Sorajja)
  9. Assess risk of harm for syncope while driving. (Sorajja)
  10. Recognize ethical considerations of patients driving with history of syncope. (Sorajja)
  11. Discuss features of common inherited cardiovascular conditions. (London)
  12. Define the goals and indications for genetic testing of inherited cardiovascular conditions. (London)
  13. Describe the contraindications for cardiac rehabilitation. (Horstman)
  14. Discuss strategies to rapidly identify and appropriately manage acute coronary syndromes. (Watt)
  15. Recognize the types of AV block. (Olson)
  16. Recognize bradyarrhythmias for which permanent pacing is indicated. (Olson)
  17. Describe the indications for left atrial appendage occlusion. (Mohama)
  18. Review outcomes of the left atrial appendage occlusion. (Mohama)
  19. Review guidelines on the use of anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation. (Mohama)
  20. Review the most recent guidelines on medical management of congestive heart failure. (Konik)
  21. Discuss strategies for medical optimization of heart failure patients based on current evidence (Konik)
  22. List the indications for revascularization of chronic totally occluded coronary arteries. (Allen)
  23. Discuss technique and outcomes of CTO intervention. (Allen)


Registration Fee:
$90 per Participant

If you are an Avera Employee and your leader will be paying for you, please register yourself.

Target Audience:
Primary care physicians
• Internal medicine specialists
• Physician assistants
• Nurse practitioners
• Nurses
• Cardiovascular specialists
• Allied health care professionals with an interest in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease

Cancellation Policy:
A refund will be given less a 5% cancellation fee upon written request to averacontinuingeducation@avera.org a minimum of 5 business days before the activity. Following this date, no refunds will be given; however, substitutions will be accepted.

Exhibitor Registration:
If you are an exhibitor and would like to purchase a display table, click the below link:

For additional information, contact Marilyn Paddock, Marketing Director, Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota 605-977-5122.


Avera is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Avera designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Avera Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. A total of 6.9 contact hours can be received upon completing this education activity. Attendance at the entire educational activity is required to receive contact hours.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists has approved credits for this activity for up to 5.0 credits.  Radiologic Technologists will sign-in for each presentation.
Caveat Emptor Dietary Supplements and Heart Health - 0.75 credits
Impact of Sleep Apnea on Cardiovascular Disease - 0.75 credits
Syncope Behind the Wheel: Clinical Characteristics, Causes and Prognosis - 0.25 credits
Cardiovascular Genetics - 0.75 credits
ECG Tips - 0.25 credits (Breakout)
Identification of Acute Coronary Syndromes - 0.25 credits (Breakout)
Contraindications for Cardiac Rehab - 0.25 credits (Breakout)
Watchman Update - 0.5
Optimizing Medical Therapy for Congestive Heart Failure - 0.75
Update on CTO Interventions - 0.75

Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel
1211 N. West Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone:  605-331-0100
sk for the Avera rate when reserving.  The Avera rate is $112 plus tax.