8th Annual Updates in Cardiopulmonary Disease Conference, September 27 & 28, 2019

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Conference Description

Providers should be able to formulate a practical approach to common cardiopulmonary disorders, identify the appropriate diagnostic tests, make an accurate diagnosis, discuss the various treatment options, and recognize when to treat and when to refer cardiopulmonary patients. This activity is expected to result in increased confidence in making an appropriate diagnosis and treatment decision with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.

Target Audience

The target audience encompasses a wide spectrum of healthcare providers including cardiopulmonary specialists, family practitioners, internists, hospitalists, emergency medicine practitioners, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, and other interested allied health care providers.


Registration opens June 1, 2019.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

Providers (MD, DO, NP, PA) = $150.00
RN, LPN, MA, Students, Others = $100.00

Electronic handouts will be available September 20, 2019.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, attendees should be able to:
  • Describe the transcatheter aortic valve replacement process and perioperative concerns.
  • Explain the pathophysiology and role of eosinophils in asthma.
  • Compare new anti-eosinophil treatment options.
  • Review current strategies for the medical and surgical management of the adult patient with obesity.
  • Define hypoxemia.
  • Review oxygenation assessment and consequences of hypoxemia.
  • List oxygen therapy indications.
  • Define amyloidosis, including specific types, cardiac features, and disease burden.
  • Identify barriers to patient identification and diagnosis of amyloidosis.
  • Describe the challenges in preventing and treating hypertension in patients who have diabetes.
  • Explain the role hypertension has in progression of diabetic kidney disease.
  • List blood pressure guidelines for treating patients who have diabetes and diabetic kidney disease.
  • Review the pathophysiology and subtypes of cardiorenal syndrome.
  • Discuss the medical management of cardiorenal syndrome including loop diuretics, inotropes, and renin-angiotensin blockers.
  • Describe cardiac complications of kidney disease.
  • Distinguish treatment options for right heart failure with preserved ejection fraction versus reduced ejection fraction.
  • Discuss the clinical indications/uses of cardiopulmonary exercise testing.
  • Identify integral gas exchange and cardiovascular variables with the greatest diagnostic and prognostic utility/power.
  • Interpret cardiopulmonary exercise test study results using a case scenario format.
  • Discuss assessment and causes of basic ECG abnormalities.
  • Review red flag arrhythmias.
  • Identify assessment and treatment options for serious pulmonary complications in patients with pre-existing rheumatologic diseases.

Preconference Nursing Session

11:55 a.m.
Welcome to the Nursing Preconference
Introduction by Alexis Harrison, MD, and Kristi Anderson, MN, RN-C, CNL

12:00 – 1:10 p.m.
A Case Review in Pulmonary Disease  (CNE only)
Carla Genovese, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN and Anthony Dal Nogare, MD

1:10-1:15 p.m.
Electronic Evaluations


Schedule of Events

Friday, September 27, 2019

11:00 a.m.   Conference Sign In & Exhibits
                         Hotel Registration available at 4:00pm

11:55am      Introduction to Nursing Preconference Session
                          Alexis Harrison, MD & Kristi Anderson, MN, RN-C, CNL

12:00pm      A Case Review in Pulmonary Disease (CNE only)
                          Carla Genovese, MSN, RN, CCRN and Anthony Dal Nogare, MD

1:15pm        Break & Exhibits & Meet the Speakers

1:30pm        Welcome to 8th Annual Updates in Cardiopulmonary Disease Conference
                         Robert Mitchell, MD

1:35pm        Live Demonstration of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) 
                         Mayank Agrawal, MD and Nathan Hall, MD

2:20pm        Recent Advances in Asthma
                         Anthony Dal Nogare, MD

3:05pm        Updates in Obesity Medicine
                         Mark Ochenrider, MD

3:50pm        Break & Exhibits & Meet the Speakers

4:10pm        Oxygen Therapy
                         Deb Hoffman, MD

4:55pm        Cardiac Amyloidosis
                         Jose Nativi-Nicolau, MD

5:40pm       Cardiorenal Syndrome
                        John Middleton, MD

6:25pm       Meeting Adjourn
                   Craig Lambrecht, CEO of Kalispell Regional Healthcare

6:30pm       Hors d'oeuvres and Drinks

Saturday, September 28, 2019

7:30am       Breakfast

8:30am       Ideal Blood Pressure Management in Patients with Diabetes
                        John Middleton, MD

9:15am       Right Ventricular Failure
                        Jose Nativi-Nicolau, MD

10:00am     Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing; An underutilized valuable clinical, diagnostic, and prescriptive tool 
                        Austine Siomos, MD and Robert Confessore, PhD

10:45am     Break & Exhibits & Meet the Speakers

11:00am     Fundamentals of ECG Interpretation
                        Joseph Krezowski, MD

11:45am     E-Cigarettes
                       Bethany Weiler, MD

12:30pm     Closing and Course Evaluations
                         Alexis Harrison, MD

12:45pm     Meeting Adjourn

Conference Presenters

Keynote Speakers:

John Middleton, MD
Nephrologist, Director of Patient-Based Clinical Research, Associated Professor, Duke University.

Jose Nativi-Nicolau, MD
Cardiologist, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

Conference Co-Directors:

Alexis Harrison, MD, Cardiologist at Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung
Anthony Dal Nogare, MD, Pulmonologist at Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung

Additional Conference Faculty:

Additional Moderator:
Robert Mitchell, MD,
Cardiologist Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung

Mayank Agrawal, MD
Robert Confessore, PhD
Carla Genovese, MSN, RN, CCRN
Nathan Hall, MD
Deb Hoffman, MD
Joseph Krezowski, MD
Mark Ochenrider, MD
Austine Siomos, MD
Bethany Weiler, MD



Disclosure Summary

Course #
The University of Washington School of Medicine endorses the standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the guidelines of the Association of American Colleges that the sponsors of continuing medical education activities and the speakers at the activities disclose significant relationship with commercial companies whose products or services are discussed in educational presentations.  For speakers, significant relationships include receiving from a commercial company research grants, consultancies, honoraria and travel, or other benefits or having a self-managed equity interest in a company. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation or a presentation.
The following speakers have disclosed the described relationships:
Speaker                                                                                                 Description of Relationship
  John Middleton, MD                                                                              Grant Research Support from Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Relypsa.

Jose Nativi-Nicolau, MD                                                                           Advisory Committee/Review Panel for Alnylam, Pfizer, Akcea and Eidos

Robert Mitchell, MD                                                                                  Honoraria from Zoll
The following have indicated they do not have any relationships to disclose:
8th Annual Updates in Cardiopulmonary Disease Planning Committee Members (and Presenters):
Alexis Harrison, MD
Anthony Dal Nogare, MD
Heidi Brandt, MN, RN-C, CNL
Kristi Anderson, MN, RN-C, CNL
Lindsay Konen, BA
Jael Espinosa
Cheryl Houser
Ann Rigg, RN
Karen Doolan MBA, RDCS, CCRC
Carla Genovese, MN, RN-BC, CCRN
Presenters not on planning committee:
Nathan Hall, MD
Deb Hoffman, MD
Bethany Weiler, MD
Joseph Krezowski, MD
Mayank Agrawal, MD
Mark Ochenrider, MD
Austine Siomos, MD
Robert Confessore, Ph.D.
In order to obtain nursing contact hours, criteria for successful completion includes attending at least 80% of the conference and completing a course evaluation. There are no disclosures for any planners or speakers for the nursing pre-conference.


Lodging Reservations:
In order to obtain the group rate pricing, please identify your reservation as associated with the conference.  Questions regarding accommodations, reservations, and hotel cancellations can be answered by calling (406)863-4039. Group rates available at lodgeatwhitefishlake.com/weddings-groups/groupreservations/

Group ID is: CARDIO19

Alternative accommodations can be found at:

Conference Location:
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
1380 Wisconsin Avenue
Whitefish, MT 59937
Phone (406) 863-4000
Hotel check-in is after 4:00 p.m. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare attempts to provide reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with a person participating in any service, program or activity.


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Accreditation Statement

Kalispell Regional Medical Center is affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Attendees meeting the criteria for successful completion of the Nursing Preconference can receive 1.25 contact hours of continuing nursing education (CNE) credit.

Attendees meeting the criteria for successful completion of the 8th Annual Updates in Cardiopulmonary Disease- Day 1 can receive 4.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education (CNE) credit.

Attendees meeting the criteria for successful completion of the 8th Annual Updates in Cardiopulmonary Disease- Day 2 can receive 4.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education (CNE) credit.

Kalispell Regional Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In order for nurses to obtain nursing contact hours, criteria for successful completion includes attending at least 80% of the conference and completing a course evaluation.


Cancel Registration

If you are unable to attend and would like to cancel your registration, please use the Eventbrite link to cancel your order.  Contact Heidi Brandt at hbrandt@krmc.org if you have any concerns.

Refunds can take up to 48 hours to fully process and funds to be placed back into your account, so please do allow for this time.

 Please remember that there are no refunds after August 29, 2019.

More Information

For more information, please contact:
Lindsay Konen