Wednesday, June 5 - Saturday, June 8, 2019 | New Orleans, LA

Care of Cardiovascular Conditions Live Course

Save $100 when you register by May 4.

Help stop the #1 killer of adults in America. Discover new ways to treat and manage your patients with cardiovascular conditions with clinical topics including hypertension updates, smoking cessation strategies, vascular emergencies, and more.

Course Details

New Orleans

Attend Care of Cardiovascular Conditions

Wednesday, June 5 - Saturday, June 8, 2019

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Marriott

may 4, 2019.



Registration Fees

AAFP Member
Early Bird   $895
Standard    $995

New Physicians
Early Bird   $845
Standard    $945

Student or Resident
Early Bird   $645
Standard    $745

Allied Health
Early Bird   $895
Standard    $995

Early Bird   $1,195
Standard    $1,295


Earning CME Credit

Approved for up to 26.5 AAFP Prescribed credits - 20.5 for attending the course and another 6 for participating in optional sessions (additional fees and registration apply). View all statements and agreements »

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Assess cardiovascular risk in patients, and formulate strategies to educate and counsel patients on behavior modification to reduce the degree of risk.
  • Construct evidence-based strategies to diagnose and manage common cardiovascular conditions, including: heart failure, coronary artery disease, hypertension and lipid disorders, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation and other dysrhythmias, vascular disease, venous thromboembolic disease, and more.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure patient understanding of diagnosis and treatment recommendations, including ongoing follow-up care as applicable.
  • Recognize when to refer or consult with other specialists to provide optimal patient care.

Event Schedule

Download the complete schedule(4 page PDF), which includes session times, topics, and faculty.

Wednesday, June 5
Wednesday, June 5 : 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Registration/Hot Breakfast Provided
Wednesday, June 5 : 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.General Sessions
Wednesday, June 5 : 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Wednesday, June 5 : 1:30 - 5:15 p.m.General Sessions
Thursday, June 6
Thursday, June 6: 7:00 - 7:40 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Thursday, June 6: 7:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.General Sessions
Thursday, June 6: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Thursday, June 6: 1:45 - 4:45 p.m.Optional Sessions*
Friday, June 7
Friday, June 7: 7:00 - 7:40 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Friday, June 7: 7:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.General Sessions
Friday, June 7: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Friday, June 7: 1:45 - 4:45 p.m.Optional Sessions*
Saturday, June 8
Saturday, June 8 : 7:00 - 7:40 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Saturday, June 8 : 7:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.General Sessions
Saturday, June 8 : 12:00 p.m.Course Adjourn

*Separate registration and fee required.
Note: Times are subject to change.


Note: Topics are subject to change.

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiac Imaging & Stress Testing
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Wellness for Physicians
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Diabetes: Type 2 and Prediabetes
  • Health Equity in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Heart Failure: Diagnosis & Management (HFpEF/HFrEF)
  • Hyperlipidemia: Beyond Statins
  • Hypertension: Diagnosis & Treatment of Hypertensive Urgency & Emergency
  • Hypertension: Treatment of Resistant Hypertension 
  • Palliative Management of Heart Failure
  • Pediatric Heart Murmurs
  • Pediatric Hypertension
  • Perioperative Risk Evaluation
  • Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS): Use & Benefits in Primary Care
  • Smoking Cessation Strategies
  • Sudden Cardiac Death: Screening & Prevention
  • Syncope: Case Study
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Vascular Emergencies (DVT/PE)

How to Add Optional Sessions

Separate registration and fee required to attend an optional session. Seats are limited and are only available to course registrants. Select a session during online registration.

Already registered for the course? You may now edit your registration online to add a optional session. Register now »

Optional Sessions

Cardiovascular Ultrasound: LVEF, AAA & ABI

(#101) Thursday, June 6, 1:45 - 4:45 p.m. or
(#103) Friday, June 7, 1:45 - 4:45 p.m.

  • Demonstrate proper technique in the assessment of Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF).
  • Point out ultrasound findings that indicate a diagnosis of AAA.
  • Determine the Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) in the evaluation for Peripheral Artery Disease.

ECG Interpretation (Basic and Advanced)

(#102) Thursday, June 6, 1:45 - 4:45 p.m. or
(#104) Friday, June 7, 1:45 - 4:45 p.m.


  • Describe the normal cardiac anatomy and physiology, and normal electrical conduction through the heart.
  • Recognize various dysrhythmias on ECG and relate cause, significance, symptoms and treatment.


  • Apply basic ECG interpretation skills to advanced rhythms including heart block, tachyarrhythmias, and others.
  • Discuss clinical management of patients experiencing abnormal ECG rhythms.

Note: The Mindfulness optional session has been cancelled.

Invited Faculty

Eddie Needham, MD, FAAFPCourse Chair, Program Director and Academic Chairman, Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency at Winter Park; Professor, UCF College of Medicine; Clinical Associate Professor, FSU College of Medicine, Winter Park, Florida

Chuck Carter, MD, FAAFP – Health Family Medicine Residency, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina

Jonathon Firnhaber, MD, FAAFP – Associate Professor, Residency Director, Department of Family Medicine, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

Clare Hawkins, MD, MSC, FAAFP – Lead Physician, Aspire Healthcare Texas and Louisiana; Chair of Subcommittee on Clinical Practice Guidelines and Member Commission of Health of the Public and Science, American Academy of Family Physicians

Katherine Kirley, MD Director of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois

David M. Schneider, MD, FAAFP – Family Physician, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency, Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF, Santa Rosa, California

Andrew D. Vaughan, MD – Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine; Associate Director of Family Medicine Ultrasound Education, Ultrasound Institute, Columbia, South Carolina

Course Materials

Registration includes online access to the full-color syllabus and other on-site resources one week before the course. A hard copy of the full-color syllabus may be purchased for $79.95 when registering for the course. A limited number of syllabuses will be available for purchase on site. Additional information will be provided by email after you register.

Hotel Information

The following hotel is available for accommodations during this course. Contact the hotel to make arrangements for your stay. Making reservations early is encouraged.

New Orleans Marriott(
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (888) 771-4429

For phone reservations, identify that you are part of the Care of Cardiovascular Conditions event staying at the New Orleans Marriott and indicate your desired dates.

$209 Single/Double Occupancy
+ current tax rate

Accommodation Cutoff -- May 4, 2019

AAFP CME Courses in New Orleans, LA.

New Orleans Marriott is on the edge of NOLA's French Quarter, within walking distance of famous attractions including the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the Garden District and Harrah's Casino. Many accommodations also offer incredible views of Canal Street and the French Quarter. 

Note: A limited number of rooms at the discounted group rate are available for conference registrants on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be guaranteed by the AAFP. 

  • Reservations made after May 4, 2019, will be confirmed on a rate and space available basis. The conference rate is not guaranteed for reservations made after this date.
  • New Orleans Marriott guarantees reservation by credit card. Credit cards will be charged for first night's guestroom and tax charge at the time of reservation.
  • Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Complimentary basic wireless internet access in guest rooms
  • Complimentary access to fitness center
  • 20% discount on valet cost

CME Credit Statement

This Live activity, Care of Cardiovascular Conditions, with a beginning date of June 5, 2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 26.5 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Live activity for a maximum of 26.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.
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