Course Overview

Course Overview:

The continuing education of nursing and allied health professionals 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.


Program Objectives:

  1. Discuss the trends in TAVR procedure population.
  2. Identify the indications that determine which patient will require a SAVR vs TAVR and the nursing care plan to support this technology.
  3. Identify the nurses role in gathering data for the TAVR program.
  4. Discuss the complications associated with groin access following an interventional cardiac procedure. 
  5. Identify best practice strategies and treatment associated with groin access complications following an interventional cardiac procedure. 
  6. Identify emergent complications associated with groin access and when to contact the physician.
  7. Discuss the different congenital heart conditions in the pediatric versus the adult patient. 
  8. Outline the transitional care needs for the congenital heart condition patient across their lifespan.
  9. Distinguish when a pediatric congenital patient transitions to an adult patient and how their care is managed. 
  10. Discuss the patient care plan for pre and post cardiac lead extractions. 
  11. Describe the interventions and care plan for managing a cardiac pacing/ICD lead infection.
  12. Discuss where cardiac lead extractions are routinely performed and the possible interventions related to a negative post implant assessment.
  13. Define the Elective Replacement Indicator for the LVAD patient with an ICD generator.
  14. Discuss the indications and the post procedure nursing implications associated with replacing the ICD or downgrading to a pacemaker.
  15. Discuss the indications and patient population that require a ventricular assist device (Impella). 
  16. Outline the nursing care and expected outcomes for patients with a ventricular assist device (Impella). 
  17. Discuss the Future of the Cardiovascular Institute within AdventHealth and its potential nationwide impact.
  18. Outline the transition in acute cardiac care in the traditional hospital setting to an ambulatory care center setting. 


Target Audience:
Allied Health, Cardiology, Other, Radiology, Student



AdventHealth Orlando is accredited by the Florida Medical Association (FMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

AdventHealth Orlando designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AdventHealth Orlando is accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing (FSBN) Provider# NCE2012/CE Broker Provider #50-724. This activity has been awarded 5.5 contact hours (CEBroker #20-731942) for the completion of this program. 


Access Presentations & Abstracts


Kevin D. Accola, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Cardiovascular Surgeons, PA
Orlando, FL

Jose H. Arias, MD

AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Altamonte Springs
Altamonte Springs, FL

Kimberly Dawson Bell, MSN

Vice President
Orlando, FL

Chandra Bomma, MD

Orlando, FL

George J. Palmer III, MD

Cardiovascular Surgeon
Cardiovascular Surgeons
Orlando, FL

Frank Pigula, MD

AHMG Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Surgery at Orlando 
Orlando, FL

David G. Varnagy, MD

AHMG Vascular Surgery at Lake Mary 
Orlando, FL


* Agenda is subject to change

Day 1: Sun, Oct 06, 2019

  • 7:30-7:40 Welcome & Devotional
  • 7:40-8:30 The Future of TAVR Presentor: Kevin Accolla, MD
  • 8:30-9:20 Groin Complications & Management Presentor: David Varnagy, MD
  • 9:20-9:30 Break
  • 9:30-10:20 Bridging the Gap between Pediatrics & Adult Congenital Heart Patients Presentor: Frank Pigula, MD
  • 10:20-10:40 Break
  • 10:40-11:30 Lead Extraction: Why are they needed? Presentor: George Palmer, MD
  • 11:30-12:40 Lunch
  • 12:40-13:30 My Pacemaker dependent destination LVAD Patients ICD Generator is at ERI: Generator replacement or downgrade to a pacemaker? Presentor: Chandra Bomma, MD
  • 13:30-13:40 Break
  • 13:40-14:30 Benefits of Impella Device Presentor: Jose Arias, MD
  • 14:30-14:50 Break
  • 14:50-15:45 Keynote: Future of Cardiovascular Institute Presentor: Kim Bell, RN, MSN
  • 15:45-16:00 Wrap Up


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