Cardiovascular Prevention Symposium:
Optimal Preventive Care in 2021

Join us for a cardiovascular prevention education event!

The aging population, underuse of preventive strategies and suboptimal control of risk factors could exacerbate the cardiovascular disease burden.

This conference will address the current guidelines and opinion on the identification and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Learn more about lipid pharmacology, the current guidelines in hypertension management, the role of fish oil supplementation for cardiovascular prevention, and managing cardiovascular disease at stages in women’s life cycle.

There will be a Q&A panel where you can get your questions answered by the experts.

Date & Time

Thursday, September 30, 2021

5pm – 8:30pm CST (Program begins at 6pm)


Edina Country Club

5100 Wooddale Ave, Edina, MN 55424

Event Details


At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the risks associated with uncontrolled hypertension.
  2. Design new paradigms for engaging patients in hypertension care.
  3. Evaluate the risks and benefits of statin and non-statin therapies, including PCSK9i, for management of dyslipidemia.
  4. Identify the indications and use of lipid therapy, icosapent ethyl, for reducing persistent cardiovascular risk.
  5. Discuss evidence for fish oil supplementation for cardiovascular prevention.
  6. Recognize the unique risk factors and CV disease processes that are specific to women.
Target Audience

The target audience consists of primary, internal medicine, OB/GYN and cardiology physicians, advanced care providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), and other health care professionals on their care teams.


Agenda (Central Daylight Time) 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

5:00 PM       Registration, Buffet Dinner and Exhibits

6:00 PM       Welcome, Michael Miedema, MD, MPH

6:10 PM       Under Pressure: Understanding and Responding to Hypertension Guidelines, Steven Bradley, MD, MPH

6:30 PM       Lipidology Update: Improving Management, Thomas Knickelbine, MD

6:50 PM       Fish Oil for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Michael Miedema, MD, MPH

7:10 PM       Delivering the News of Emerging CV Risk Factors in Women, Retu Saxena, MD

7:30 PM       Expert Panel, Moderator: Michael Miedema, MD, MPH

8:00 PM       Conclusion and Exhibits



Michael Miedema, MD, MPH

Dr. Michael Miedema is Director of the Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and director of cardiovascular prevention at Minneapolis Heart Institute®. Dr. Miedema obtained his medical degree and completed a cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School and also has a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a leading national expert in cardiovascular prevention. He serves as an Associate Editor for the digital content for the Prevention Section of the American College of Cardiology. He served on the executive review committee for the 2018 ACC/AHA Cholesterol Guidelines, and was a member of the 2019 ACC/AHA Guidelines Committee for the Primary Prevention of cardiovascular disease.


Steven Bradley, MD, MPH

Steven Bradley, MD is a cardiologist and Associate Director of the Center for Healthcare Delivery Innovation at the Minneapolis Heart Institute®. Dr. Bradley grew up in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and completed his training in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. During his training, he also completed a Master of Public Health degree and he applies these skills in the development of care delivery solutions that meet the needs of individual patients. Dr. Bradley is a nationally recognized and published expert in healthcare quality improvement and he has received national awards for his efforts to achieve exceptional cardiovascular care delivery. He enjoys working with patients and meeting their needs in achieving optimal health.

Thomas Knickelbine, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSCCT

Dr. Thomas Knickelbine is director of lipid research at Minneapolis Heart Institute®, where he has actively practiced cardiology since 1996. He is co-director of HeartScan Minnesota®, which he founded in 1999 and helped pioneer the initial calcium scoring program in the state of Minnesota. He has published multiple abstracts, presentations and papers surrounding the need for early detection and optimal treatment of coronary artery plaque. Dr. Knickelbine is board certified in cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular CT and has Level III training in cardiac and peripheral CT. His special interests include preventive cardiology and lipid management, coronary calcium scoring, echocardiography, diagnostic imaging, and coronary angiography.


Retu Saxena, MD

Dr. Retu Saxena is a general cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute® with expertise in women’s heart disease, noninvasive imaging and critical care, as well as specific research interests related to cardiovascular risk factors that emerge during pregnancy. She has provided training to ob-gyn and women’s care practitioners to help them better manage risk among their patients as part of MHIF’s BROACH initiative (Broadening the Role of Ob-Gyns in Assessing Cardiovascular Health). Dr. Retu Saxena currently serves as the ACC Minnesota Chapter President.

Registration Fee

There will be both in-person and online options for attending this event.

Registration fees:

  • MOC: $75
  • CME: $50
  • Industry: $75
Sponsorship Opportunities

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Accreditations & ABIM MOC Points

The individual is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education for their discipline.  In addition, you may be required to provide proof of attendance to the board upon request.

Physicians – Allina Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Allina Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


MOC Recognition for Physicians – Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 2.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.  Participants will earn MOC point’s equivalent to the amount of CME credit claimed for the activity.  It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


Nurses – This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 2.0 hours of credit. Please Note: Continuing medical education credits (ACCME) are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) for certification renewal if the content is applicable to the area of certification. Continuing education hours approved by the ACCME meet the ANCC accredited continuing nursing education (CNE) criteria.

Other(s) – Individuals representing other professional disciplines may submit course materials to their respective professional associations for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit if the content is applicable to the area of license renewal.


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Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Level Exhibitors:

Edwards Lifesciences and Regeneron

Gold Level Exhibitors:

Abbott, Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer Rare Diseases

About Us

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) aims to create a world without heart and vascular disease. Our efforts are focused on improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education. This bold vision fuels efforts to investigate new protocols and treatments designed to save lives. Research findings and expertise are disseminated through our professional and community education programs. Learn more about MHIF’s education work by clicking the button below.