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2023 Sarver Heart Center Heart Failure Symposium

7:00 am to 12:00 pm
2023 Heart Failure Symposium includes up to 3 CME credits

Heart disease causes about one in five deaths in the U.S., amounting to nearly 700,000 lives lost each year. It’s the leading cause of death for men, women and people of most racial and ethnic groups, with one person dying every 33 seconds. The cost, including health care services, medicine and lost productivity due to death, totaled nearly $240 billion in 2019, reports the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a result, the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society of America released updated guidelines in the management of patients with heart failure April 1, 2022, and the ACC and AHA released chronic coronary disease guidelines earlier this year. The newest guidelines include management of heart failure across all stages, multidisciplinary optimization of guideline-directed medical therapy and timely and early referral for advanced therapies.

Targeted at health care providers in Southern Arizona, this symposium will address the updated heart failure guidelines, review advancements in technology and genetic testing and emphasize the benefits of a multidisciplinary care team approach with heart failure cases. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Free registration includes up to 3 CME credits.

Program Schedule

  • 7 - 8 a.m.: Breakfast, exhibit opens
  • 8 - 8:05 a.m.: Opening remarks, Elizabeth Juneman, MD
  • 8:05 - 8:25 a.m.: Guideline-directed medical therapy, Alexandra McGlamery, FNP
  • 8:25 - 8:45 a.m.: Simulation: Implantable pulmonary artery sensors, Juvel-lou P. Velasco, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CHFN
  • 8:45 - 9:05 a.m.: Pulmonary hypertension, Saad Kubba, MD
  • 9:05 - 9:35 a.m.: Break, exhibit hall
  • 9:35 - 9:55 a.m.: Shock and temporary mechanical circulatory support, Deepak Acharya, MD
  • 9:55 - 10:15 a.m.: Timely referral, Elizabeth Juneman, MD
  • 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.: Break, exhibit hall
  • 10:45 - 11:05 a.m.: Ventricular assist devices and artificial hearts, Eddie Betterton
  • 11:05 - 11:25 a.m.: Transplant coordination, Sharon Powell, AGNP
  • 11:25 - 11:45 a.m.: Heart transplant and early referral, Elizabeth Juneman, MD
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Patient story
  • 12 p.m.: Lunch with patient, networking, exhibit hall

Space is limited - register now!

Outcome Objectives

  • Diagnose patients earlier in the disease process.
  • Initiate guideline directed medical therapy earlier.
  • Titrate medications to maximal tolerated dose.
  • Recognize those patients who are candidates for advanced therapies.
  • Understand the benefits of referral to advanced heart failure program.
To request any disability-related accommodations for this event please contact the event coordinator at least three business days prior to the event.
CME Credit/Disclaimer: 

Accreditation / Credit Designation Statement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 7:00am
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University of Arizona Health Sciences
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Tucson area
Health Sciences – Tucson
Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building (BIO5)
Room 103
1657 E. Helen St., Tucson AZ 85721


Cara Deery
College of Medicine – Tucson
Sarver Heart Center