Heart Institute Hosts Cardiovascular Summit At Meadowview For Fellow Medical Professionals

The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute will share the latest information on cardiovascular disease with fellow medical professionals during a summit Saturday, Feb. 2, at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center.

The 7th annual Cardiovascular Summit will be held from 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. and feature a number of presentations from cardiologists and other medical providers of the heart institute. The event is tailored to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses.

About 300 healthcare professionals across the region will attend, making it one of the largest cardiovascular-specific continuing medical education events in the Southeast.

One agenda topic is HeartSUCCESS®, the heart institute's comprehensive program to treat heart failure. Dr. Thomas Bulle and nurse practitioner Robin Harris will lead the session about this condition, which affects about 15,000 people locally and is on the rise nationally.

Heart failure is progressive and causes the heart to gradually lose its ability to pump enough blood to supply the body's needs. This condition does not actually mean that the heart no longer works or is about to stop beating but, rather, that its muscle has been weakened.

Dr. Rahul Sakhuja will discuss the benefits of transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a procedure now performed at Holston Valley Medical Center. The hospital is one of just 100 facilities across the country - and the only one in the region - approved for this procedure.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement is an alternative for patients who have severe aortic stenosis and are at high risk to undergo open-heart surgery. Severe aortic stenosis, or narrowing of the aortic valve, limits forward flow of blood from the heart and causes it to back into the lungs, resulting in fatigue and shortness of breath in the patient.

Other topics include:

  • Lipid management  by Dr. Jack Whitaker and physician assistant Sandy McCrary
  • Techniques for preventing and managing strokes by Dr. Chris Metzger
  • Risks of peripheral arterial disease and the wound care healing process by Dr. Jeffrey Kappa

Cardiovascular risks of sleep disorders and system approaches to interpret 12-lead electrocardiograms by Dr. James Merrill and physician assistant Maureen Knechtel

"This is a sensational lineup of cardiologists and other medical providers who will share best practices and receive valuable feedback from their peers," said Tim Attebery, Wellmont Health System's vice president of cardiovascular services.

"As we kick off the month in which we celebrate heart health nationally, this summit provides an outstanding way for medical professionals to enhance their knowledge. We look forward to a great day of information-sharing that will reinforce that patients in this region can receive superior cardiovascular care close to home."