At the Heart of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Dr, Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Join us for a cardiovascular prevention education event!

The aging population, increase in cardiometabolic risk, and suboptimal control of risk factors could exacerbate cardiovascular disease.

This conference will educate physicians, advanced care providers and support staff on current guidelines and opinion on the identification and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

This update will review lipid pharmacology, the current guidelines in hypertension management, the role of aspirin in cardiovascular prevention and managing cardiovascular disease at different stages in a woman’s life cycle.

Date & Time

Thursday, May 5th, 2022
5pm – 8:30pm



Mendakota Country Club - 2075 Mendakota Dr, Mendota Heights, MN 55120


  • Apply the most current American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evalutation and Management of High Blood Pressure in management and use of antihypertensive agents in patient care.
  • Review the pharmacological therapy options of lipid management.
  • Identify appropriate use of aspirin for primary and secondary prevention.
  • Define measures to prevent cardiovascular disease in women.

Target Audience

Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, OB/GYN and Cardiology Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers (Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistants) and other health care professionals on their care teams


5:00-6:00pm | Registration, Buffet Dinner, Exhibits

6:00-6:10pm | Welcome | Elizabeth Tuohy, MD

6:10-6:30pm | Under Pressure: Understanding and Responding to Hypertension Guidelines | Steven Bradley, MD, MPH

6:30-6:50pm | Updates in Lipid Management | Elizabeth Tuohy, MD

6:50-7:10pm | Why Don’t We Know What to Do with Aspirin? | Michael Miedema, MD, MPH

7:10-7:30pm | Delivering the News of Emerging CV Risk Factors in Women | Retu Saxena, MD

7:30-8:00pm | Expert panel | Moderator: Elizabeth Tuohy, MD

8:00-8:30pm | Exhibits



Elizabeth Tuohy, MD

Dr. Elizabeth Tuohy is a cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute, a part of Allina Health, and serves as Medical Director of the Heart Disease Prevention Clinic in St. Paul at United Heart & Vascular Clinic.  She earned her Medical Degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and completed Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship training at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  Dr. Tuohy’s cardiology practice interests include heart disease prevention, complex lipid management, general cardiology, as well as interpretation of multiple modalities of non-invasive cardiac imaging including echocardiography, nuclear imaging and cardiac CT. Dr. Tuohy is also active in teaching the United Family Medicine residents during her inpatient rounding service at United Hospital. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and National Lipid Association. Dr. Tuohy sees patients in St. Paul, Hastings, and Shoreview, MN.


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.


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.


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

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

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

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 creditPlease 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.


Contact us: or 612-863-3625


Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be following CDC guidance as we near the date of this event and may adjust our plans if necessary. To ensure the safety of our attendees, we ask that only individuals who have been fully vaccinated attend the conference in person. We recommend wearing masks in indoor spaces during the conference. For those who are not vaccinated or do not feel comfortable attending in person, the webinar option is available. Thank you for understanding.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Level Exhibitors:


Gold Level Exhibitors:

Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb, Edwards Lifesciences, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer

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.