Inspiring Optimism in Heart Valve Patients

A Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day Event
February 17, 2024
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02/17/2024 11:30

Until Inspiring Optimism in Heart Valve Patients Begins


Join us in raising awareness for heart valve disease! This event is a free interactive, engaging educational opportunity for community members, patients and family members of patients with valvular heart disease. All are welcome to join! 

Location: Brackett's Crossing Country Club | 17976 Judicial Road, Lakeville, MN 55044
Date & Time: Saturday February 17, 2024 | 11:30am - 1:15pm

As many as 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with heart valve disease (HVD)—a potentially disabling and deadly disease—yet 3 out of 4 Americans know little to nothing about HVD. The seriousness of the disease, combined with the fact that symptoms are often difficult to detect or dismissed as a normal part of aging, makes this lack of awareness dangerous. Support our efforts to raise awareness about HVD and protect patient lives!


11:30am Registration, Buffet Lunch & Exhibits
12:00pm Welcome and Overview of MHIF (Kris Fortman, PhD)
12:05pm  Heart Valve Disease Overview (Nishtha Sodhi, MD)
12:20pm The Patient Journey & What to Expect (Gabriel Olivares, MD)
12:35pm Experience of a Research Patient (Coley Landvik, RN & Carrie Hiemstra, RN)
12:50pm Audience Q&A (Moderated by Nishtha Sodhi, MD)
1:15pm Adjourn
Meet the Faculty:
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Nishtha Sodhi, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Director, Structural Heart and Valve Program | Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute® at United Hospital St. Paul

Less than 2% of structural and interventional cardiologists are women in the United States. Nishtha Sodhi, MD, FACC, is among this small group of highly trained, expert female physicians. She completed medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency training at the Cleveland Clinic. She then pursued her cardiology, interventional cardiology and structural heart disease fellowships at Barnes Jewish Hospital of Washington University St. Louis. Dr. Sodhi holds several leadership positions on national committees, including the Education Standards and Outcomes Committee and the Awards Committee of the ACC. She previously served on the Accreditation Compliance Workgroup, the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry Committee for Quality Improvement in STEMI and NSTEMI, and was part of the founding committee to create the Women in Cardiology Section of the ACC Missouri Chapter. 

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Gabriel Olivares, MD

Cardiac Surgeon | Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute®

Dr. Gabriel Olivares is a cardiac surgeon at the Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute. Dr. Olivares received his medical degree, general surgery and cardiac surgery training from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. He additionally completed a 3-year fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Following his training, he returned to Santiago, Chile where he practiced for 7 years. Dr. Olivares has specific clinical interests in Complex and Re-do Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting and Aortic Surgery.

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Konstantinos Voudris, MD, PhD

Structural & Interventional Cardiologist | Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute®

Dr. Konstantinos Voudris is a Structural & Interventional Cardiologist at the Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Crete and completed fellowship at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, before joining the practice full-time. His research interests are heart valve disease, cardiomyopathy, hypertension and high blood pressure.

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Coley Landvik, RN

Clinical Research Manager | Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® 

Nichol (Coley) Landvik has many years of experience in cardiovascular clinical research. Before joining the MHIF's structural heart team, she spent time managing clinical research trials at the University of Minnesota.

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Carrie Hiemstra, RN

Valve Coordinator | Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute® at United Hospital St. Paul

Carrie Hiemstra is the valve coordinator at the Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute® at United Hospital St. Paul. With many years of experience as an RN, Carrie brings her everyday expertise into the field of valvular heart disease.

Thank You to Our Supporters:

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The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) strives to create a world without heart and vascular disease. To achieve this bold vision, we are dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we can continue this life-saving work. Please make a gift to support the area of greatest need.

Celebrate Heart Month with a Gift Towards Research!

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Heart disease is the #1 cause of death of men and women, claiming the lives of 700,000 people annually; our fathers and mothers; our friends and loved-ones.

Together, we can change that statistic with an investment in life-changing research and education. This heart month, we hope you'll make a special gift in honor of a loved one and the physicians, researchers and educators working to create a world without heart and vascular disease.