26th Annual Heart Disease and Stroke Conference

Phillips Hall, Siebens Building, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The 26th Annual Heart Disease and Stroke Conference will focus on patient care across the specialties of cardiology, vascular medicine, and neurology. The topics will include the opioid epidemic, vascular and cardiovascular treatment strategies including integrative therapies, women with heart disease, and transaortic valve replacement strategies. Case studies will highlight unique stroke instances.

Conference goals:

  • Discuss new treatment strategies across care specialties
  • Identify integrated therapies for vascular and cardiovascular health
  • Discuss the impact of heart disease in women

Intended audience: 

This conference is designed for registered nurses, social workers, and all other healthcare professionals interested in the care of cardiac, neurological, and vascular patients.

Date and location: 

This conference will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Phillips Hall, Siebens Building, Mayo Clinic, 100 Second Avenue SW, Rochester, Minnesota.

About the provider: 

Mayo Clinic’s mission is to inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education, and research.

Mayo Continuing Nursing Education conducts educational conferences that will advance nursing practice.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has been granted Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 


7:00 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast and Exhibits
7:40 a.m.
Welcome and Announcements
7:45 a.m.
Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: What You Don't Know Could Kill Someone
Halena Gazelka, MD
8:30 a.m.
Plan of Care for Severely Ischemic Arterial Wounds
Carol Bohanon, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CWS, CFCN
9:15 a.m.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: The Story Thus Far
Manju Kalra, MBBS
10:00 a.m.
Break with Refreshments and Exhibits
10:15 a.m.
Cardiovascular Disease and Integrative Health Measures
Gail Van Kanegan, DNP, FNP, APHN, EEM-AP
11:00 a.m.
LVADs: Pearls for Management Through the Continuum of Care
Elizabeth Bechtum, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC
11:45 a.m.
Women with Heart Disease - Unique Risk Factors
Rekha Mankad, MD
12:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own) and Desserts with Exhibits
1:30 p.m.
Laughter Yoga
2:00 p.m.
Top Five TAVR Updates
Mackram Eleid, MD, Carrie Sanvick, BS, RN
3:00 p.m.
Break with Refreshments and Exhibits
3:15 p.m.
Unique Stroke Instances Case Studies
Peter Reuter, MSN, APRN, CNP
4:00 p.m.
Saving Saul - Patient and Family Perspective of Pediatric Heart Transplant and Associated Stroke Events
Nathan Hedlund
4:45 p.m.

Registration Details

Register before Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The conference registration fee of $165 includes instructional materials, breakfast, and break refreshments. Lunch will be on your own. Pre-registration is required, and preferred by April 9, 2019.

Out of respect for conference participants, children are restricted from the conference.


If you cancel your participation in this conference, your registration fee, less an administration fee, will be refunded when written notification is received by Mayo Continuing Nursing Education before April 9, 2019 (email: cne@mayo.edu). No refunds will be made on or after April 9, 2019.

Mayo Continuing Nursing Education reserves the right to cancel or postpone any conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event Mayo Continuing Nursing Education must cancel or postpone this conference, Mayo Continuing Nursing Education will refund the registration fee, but is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.



You must complete the evaluation and claim your certificate to earn contact hours.


Participants can earn up to 7.5 ANCC nursing contact hours for attendance at the conference, commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity and completion of the evaluation. 

Social Work

Mayo Clinic Section of Social Work has been designated by the Minnesota Board of Social Work as an approved continuing education provider. This conference fulfills requirements for 5.25 continuing education hours.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

Lodging and Parking


Most hotels in the area are either connected to the conference facility via skyway and walking subway or offer a complimentary shuttle service to Mayo Clinic campus.


Hotels connected via skyway/walking subway:

Doubletree by Hilton Rochester - Mayo Clinic Area

Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area

Hilton Garden Inn


Hotels that offer a complimentary shuttle service:

Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field

Comfort Inn and Suites


See the Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau for a guide to more lodging options in Rochester, MN.



View a map indicating the location of downtown parking facilities. The cost of parking is not included in the registration fee.

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