At this time our Emerging Trends Course is full. For another cardiac focused course, visit our Pediatric Electrophysiology Course in November. 

Course Overview

The continuing education of nursing and allied health professional in cardiovascular care is diverse and evolving through the development of new devices, procedural techniques, and the use of innovative technology. The symposium will focus on the latest technology used in clinical procedures, techniques used to stabilize and maintain the hemodynamic stability of the patient with severe heart conditions, and the current and future perspective of acute care as it relates to operations, transitional care, quality, and improving the patient experience. 

Target Audience

Allied Health, Cardiology, Radiology 


As a result of their participation in this activity, the learner will:

  1. Discuss the trends in cardiovascular acute care practice from a strategy and operational perspective.
  2. Distinguish the transition of cardiovascular care from traditional hospital-based management to an ambulatory care setting.
  3. Express how best practice is applied while maintaining quality, containing costs, and improving the overall patient experience
  4. Outline pulmonary hypertension and cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology.
  5. Differentiate the specific pharmacologic agents used to treat pulmonary hypertension.
  6. Explain how frailty and co-morbidities impact outcomes of lung transplantation.
  7. Differentiate the risks and benefits of extracorporeal life support (ECLS) as a bridge to lung transplantation.
  8. Discuss how an adapted donor management strategy can impact lung transplantation outcomes.
  9. Outline the new techniques and trends in vascular surgery.
  10. Recognize the change in practice patterns that conform to advances in vascular surgery.
  11. Recognize the signs and symptoms of cardiogenic shock.
  12. Outline the cardiogenic shock algorhythm and activation process (transfer vs cath lab initiation)
  13. Outline the decision tree pathway for the STEMI patient population.
  14. Discuss the different devices used in advanced heart failure therapy.
  15. Differentiate the different methods of anticoagulation therapy versus utilizing a left atrial appendage closure device.
  16. Discuss the appropriate candidate for a left atrial closure device.


Echelon is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  This activity has been approved for 5.75 CNE contact hours upon successful completion.

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Access Presentations & Abstracts


Rohit Bhatheja, MD

CV - Florida Heart Group, PA
Orlando, FL

Cynthia J. Gries, MD

AdventHealth Transplant Institute
Orlando, FL

Usman R. Siddiqui, MD

CV - Florida Cardiology
Orlando, FL

Scott C. Silvestry, MD

Surgical Director, Thoracic Transplant Program
AdventHealth Transplant Center
Orlando, FL

Cathy Stankiewicz, RN

Apopka, FL

James H Tarver III, MD

Directory, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Orlando, FL


* Agenda is subject to change

Day 1: Sun, Oct 07, 2018

  • 7:30-7:40 Welcome & Devotional
  • 7:40-8:30 Opening Keynote: "The past, present, and future changes in healthcare and the effects it will have on our Cardiovascular Service Line"
  • 8:30-9:20 Pulmonary Hypertension Management: "PHing Hope"
  • 9:20-9:30 Break
  • 9:30-10:20 Emerging Trends in Lung Transplantation
  • 10:20-10:40 Break
  • 10:40-11:30 Advances in Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy
  • 11:30-12:40 Lunch
  • 12:40-13:30 Risk Stratification for Anticoagulation versus Left Appendage Closure
  • 13:30-13:40 Break
  • 13:40-14:30 Cardiogenic Shock and Escalating Therapies
  • 14:30-14:55 Break
  • 14:55-15:45 Innovations in Advanced Heart Failure, Heart Transplants, & Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support (ECMO)
  • 15:45-16:00 Wrap Up


Bohemian Hotel Celebration

Bohemian Hotel Celebration

700 Bloom Street, Celebration, FL 34747


Directions & Parking

AdventHealth Nicholson Center

404 Celebration Place, Celebration FL 34747

Parking: Two lots are available on either side of the facility for free parking