NCVH Tucson program chairmen are Miguel Montero-Baker, MD, University Medical Center, Tucson; and Salvatore J. Tirrito, MD, Pima Heart Associates, Tucson. The course directors are Luis R. Leon, MD, University of Arizona Health Science Center, Tucson; and John P. Pacanowski, MD, Agave Surgical Associates, Tucson.
Fifteen experts in cardiovascular medicine will deliver presentations on new developments, treatments, and technology available for general cardiology, interventional cardiology, peripheral vascular disease, electrophysiology and cardiothoracic surgery. Attendees will learn about new imaging and testing tools for diagnosis and treatment, as well as the relationship between peripheral artery disease (PAD) and other cardiovascular diseases.
Registration includes accreditation, breakfast and lunch. Physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and cath lab technologists will be eligible for up to 8.0 CME/CE credits.
Industry representatives from more than 30 sponsoring companies will display products and be on hand to answer questions from attendees.
Taking place in conjunction with NCVH Tucson will be the My Leg, My Choice Foundation 5K/2K Fun Run & Walk, to help the foundation raise awareness of unnecessary leg amputations. The race will start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, January 19, followed by a free community health screening, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., sponsored by Amedisys. Healthcare professionals will be on hand to perform ankle-brachial index (ABI) and blood pressure tests, as well as screen for varicose veins. ABI evaluates adequacy of circulation in legs and vascular risk of PAD. Running specialists from Performance Footwear, a Tucson-based running store, will perform gait analysis. For more information about the race and screening, visit www.mylegmychoice.org/
Advance registration for NCVH Tucson, $50 per attendee, will close on Friday, January 10. On-site registration, $100 per attendee, will open at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18.
For additional information, please visit www.ncvh.org/
The goal of NCVH is to bring together key disciplines to focus on the team approach to total cardiovascular care in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia (CLI). Upcoming events include NCVH Latin America, March 25-28, 2014, Cartagena, Colombia; NCVH 15th Annual Conference, May 28-30, 2014, New Orleans, La.; and 10 regional conferences. Visit www.ncvh.org for the complete schedule.
About the My Leg, My Choice Foundation
My Leg, My Choice is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation committed to educating patients and their families that have been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD) or are at risk for lower extremity amputations about their options. The foundation provides information for patients, patient outreach programs, and PAD screenings for high risk individuals. Detecting and treating PAD early can help keep legs healthy, lower risks for heart attack, stroke and mortality, and increase mobility.