The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

Continuing Education and Professional Development

University of Tennessee Medical Center Heart Lung Vascular Institute Presents:

Heart, Lung, Vascular Update for Primary Care Providers

November 8-9, 2019

UT Conference Center
600 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN


All registration questions should be referred to the UT Conference Center at (865) 974-0280 or

Course Overview

Cardiac disease affects an alarming number of patients in East Tennessee. Like many fields of medicine, best practices in cardiac care are changing and new guidelines, recommendations, and studies are published continually. It is important that primary care providers are aware of the changes and new treatment strategies for patients with cardiac disease or who are at risk of developing cardiac disease.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) has a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations which include sudden cardiac death, heart attack, angina, and can even be symptomatic. The appropriate diagnostic evaluation of patients with suspected CAD can help improve the morbidity and mortality of the disease. There are many diagnostic tests which can be invasive and/or expensive.  Therefore, the goal will be to review the best evidence-based strategies for the diagnostic evaluation of CAD.

Diastolic heart failure is a complex problem with no formal guidelines or recommendations for management. It is a common problem that at times can be difficult to manage. Oftentimes, additional testing or expert consultation is required.

Structural heart disease is a field that includes valvular disease and defects such as atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent foramen ovale (PFO). A large percentage of the elderly have some form of valve disease and the indications for treatment are rapidly changing. PFO is present in nearly one-third of all adults and has been attributed as a cause of stroke.

There have been many significant advances in the treatment of cardiac disease but the best strategy to manage it on the population level is prevention. There have been new guidelines published for the management of the common cardiac risk factors of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. It is important that primary care providers are aware of these guidelines and utilize them to reduce their patients’ risk of cardiac disease.

Dyspnea is a common complaint that can be due to cardiac, pulmonary, or other systemic diseases, as well as deconditioning and obesity. The appropriate workups will be addressed to help learners understand when additional work is or is not needed.

Peripheral arterial and aneurysmal disease will be reviewed including the appropriate treatment as well as diagnostic strategies.

All of these topics and more will be explored at the annual Heart, Lung, Vascular Update for Primary Care Providers.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, the participants should be able to:


Registration Fees

Fees include all program sessions, access to online program materials, continuing education credit, continental breakfasts, breaks, lunch on Friday, and parking at the Locust Street garage.

  Early Bird August 9 After October 4
Physician $250 $275 $300
Non-Physician $200 $225 $275

Room Reservations at the Hilton Downtown (501 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902)

Group Rate Thursday, November 7 through Saturday, November 9 is $97 per night, plus tax
Group Code HLV19
Reservations (865) 523-2300 or VISIT Hilton Downtown
Deadline October 8 or until block is full, whichever comes first.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and the University of Tennessee Medical Center Heart Lung Vascular Institute.  The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians

Education Credits

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PAs, NPs, and Nurses: Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Nurses may use these credit hours toward certification renewal.  This credit is acceptable by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Nurses Credentialing Association (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).


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