Cardiology & Electrophysiology Symposium

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Thank you for your interest in Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento's 29th Annual Cardiology & Electrophysiology CME Symposium 2019. 

Event Details 


Saturday, October 12, 2019
7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 


7:00 a.m. Registration, breakfast, and networking     

7:30 a.m. Welcome  

4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks/Adjourn

Our featured presentations will include:

Epigenetics and Heart Disease

Jorge Plutzky, MD, FACC

How Technology Will Change the Future of Healthcare

Suneet Mittal, MD, FACC, FHRS

Update on Cardiac Imaging: Choosing the Right Test the First Time

Sheldon Litwin, MD, FACC

The History and Future of Cardiac Pacing

Suneet Mittal, MD, FACC, FHRS

Lipid Guidelines for the Modern Era

Jorge Plutzky, MD, FACC

Sports Cardiology: Assessment and Care of Athletes with CVD

Sheldon Litwin, MD, FACC

Strategies for Enhanced Longevity

John Day, MD, FHRS, FACC

Hypertension: A Challenging Landscape 

Prakash Deedwania, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC

Pulmonary Hypertension and the Misunderstood Right Heart

Teresa De Marco, MD, FACC, FHFSA

Newer Therapies Diabetes Mellitus and their Role in Cardio-protection

Prakash Deedwania, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC

Is there a Value to Catheter Ablation in the Elderly Population with Atrial Fibrillation

John Day, MD, FHRS, FACC

Chronic Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction: An Update

Teresa De Marco, MD, FACC, FHFSA


At the conclusion of our program, participants should be able to implement the following changes to their professional practice:

  • Apply the interface between the epigenome and cardiovascular disease for improved patient outcomes
  • Incorporate apps and digital tools to deliver care to cardiac patients
  • Incorporate clear strategies for using cardiac imaging in patients with the most common cardiac complaints
  • Apply appropriate choice of pacing to patients
  • Navigate present guidelines and science to optimize lipid lowering to improve patient care
  • Identify patients with exercise-induced cardiac remodeling from pathological conditions 
  • Assist patients with optimizing lifestyle choices to improve longevity
  • Implement new guidelines for treatment of hypertension
  • Recognize, refer, and manage pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure
  • Learn about the role of newer anti-diabetic drugs in reducing the risk of CV events 
  • Properly select treatment options for older patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Apply state of the art therapies for patients with chronic systolic heart failure


Scott B. Baron, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Symposium Chairman

Clinical Professor of Medicine

California Northstate University School of Medicine

Director, Emergency Cardiac Services

Mercy San Juan Medical Center

P. Gearoid O’Neill, MD, FACC, FHRS

Symposium Co-Chairman

Medical Director Cardiac Electrophysiology

Mercy General Hospital

Doris Frazier, RN, MS

Vice President of Cardiovascular Services

Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento


John Day, MD, FHRS, FACC

Medical Director, Electrophysiology

Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute,

Salt Lake City, Utah

Prakash Deedwania, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC

Professor of Medicine

Director Heart Failure Program, CRMC/UCSF

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

San Francisco, California

Teresa De Marco, MD, FACC, FHFSA

Professor of Medicine and Surgery,

Chief of the Advanced Heart Failure Therapies Program and Medical Director of Heart Transplantation,

Director of the Adult Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center,

Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Program.

University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Sheldon Litwin, MD, FACC

Professor of Cardiology,

Countessa Alicia Spaulding-Paolozzi endowed professor of cardiac imaging,

Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Suneet Mittal, MD, FACC FHRS

Director, Electrophysiology Laboratory and Associate chief of Cardiology,

The Valley Hospital,

Ridgewood, New Jersey

Jorge Plutzky MD, FACC

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Director Vascular Disease Prevention Program and Prevention Cardiology

Brigham & Women's Hospital,

Boston, Massachusetts


  • Dr. Baron receives research support as a primary investigator for Amgen, Regeneron/Sanofi, Novartis, and Eisai; and honoraria as a speaker for Amgen, Regeneron/Sanofi, and Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer.
  • Dr. Day receives fees as a consultant for Boston Scientific, Abbott, and Phillips; and as a speaker for Abbott 
  • Dr. DeMarco receives honoraria as a speaker for Novartis, and receive fees as a consultant for Actelion, Arena Pharmaceuticals, Boston Scientifice, Scope Pharmaceuticals, and United Therapeutics, and receive grant funds for research from Pfizer and Acceleron
  • Dr. Deedwania receives fees as a consultant for Janssen; and grants funds as a PI for Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Dr. Litwin receives fees as member of events adjudication committee for CVRX
  • Dr. Mittal receives honoraria as a consultant/speakr for Boston Scientific, Medtronic, and Abbott
  • Dr. Plutzky receives fees as a consultant from Aegerion, Amgen, Merck, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Sanofi, Vivus
  • Dr. O’Neill receives honoraria as a speaker for Bristol Myers Squibb, and Pfizer, and research support as an investigator for Milestone Pharmaceuticals, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, and St. Jude Medical.

The potential conflicts of interest have been resolved and determined the presentations are without bias.

  • Dignity Health Sacramento CME committee members, and all other planners’ involved and able to influence the content of this presentation have reported no relevant financial relationships/interest with any commercial entities that may have ties to this presentation.

This educational activity is supported in part by educational grants


Accreditation Statement:

Dignity Health Sacramento is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:

Dignity Health Sacramento designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.