Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present on the role of a multidisciplinary institute in the integral care of patients with vascular disease and vascular risk factors.

Integrating Stroke Care into the
Cardiovascular Continuum

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
7:00 pm-9:30 pm
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

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Course Description

Integrating Stroke Care into the Cardiovascular Continuum will provide information that will provide updated data on cerebrovascular disease that clinicians can apply in their practices. Participants will be presented with the latest findings in stroke care, including management of asymptomatic cerebrovascular disease, choosing optimal imaging techniques to predict risk or response to treatment and redesigning cerebrovascular care.

Course Objectives


Upon completion of this activity, attendees will be able to:

  • Utilize the evidence-based approach to the management and treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms
  • Implement diagnostic and management strategies for patients with newly discovered silent cerebral ischemia
  • Outline the criteria for patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis who should have interventional therapy
  • Utilize neuroimaging protocol to appropriately select patients for catheter-based treatment
  • Discuss the role of imaging in accurate risk assessment of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH)
  • Assess the use of MRI for stroke diagnosis in patients who present without witness
  • Summarize the evidence that supports the reliability of telemedicine for diagnosis and efficacy in stroke treatment
  • Evaluate the impact of current clinical trial data on treatment options for stroke patients
  • Implement processes that will improve the care of patients with cerebrovascular disease while maintaining high quality and lowering cost, thereby improving the efficiency of the system
  • Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families

Program Agenda

7:00 pm Registration
7:10 pm Overview and Introduction
Lee H. Schwamm, MD
  Management of Asymptomatic Cerebrovascular Disease
7:15 pm The Incidental Aneurysm: An Evidenced-based Approach
Thabele M. Leslie-Mazwi, MD
7:25 pm Asymptomatic Carotid Disease: When the Medical Approach is Not Enough
Christopher J. Kwolek, MD
7:35 pm Silent Cerebral Ischemia: An Incidental Finding or a Call for Action?
Natalia S. Rost, MD, MPH
7:45 pm Q & A
The Right Scan for the Right Job: Optimal Imaging to Predict Risk or Response to Treatment
7:55 pm Is Spot Sign a One-stop Shop for ICH Assessment?
Javier M. Romero, MD
8:05 pm Time, Brain and MRI
Ramon G. Gonzalez, MD, PhD
8:15 pm Neuroimaging Tools to Select Patients for Catheter-based Treatment
Joshua A. Hirsch, MD
8:25 pm Q & A
Redesigning Cerebrovascular Care
8:35 pm Decision Support for the Management of Carotid Artery Stenosis - Is This for Real?
Michael R. Jaff, DO
8:45 pm Redesigning the Care of the TIA Patient
Aneesh B. Singhal, MD
8:55 pm TeleStroke to Increase Access to Acute Stroke Care
Lee H. Schwamm, MD
9:05 pm The Future of Stroke Clinical Trials at the NINDS
Walter J. Koroshetz, MD
9:15 pm Q & A
9:25 pm Final Words
9:30 pm Adjourn

Target Audience

Neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, vascular surgeons, emergency physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Physicians: Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Credit Designation

This educational activity for 2.3 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Event staff can assist you with any special needs (i.e., physical, dietary, etc). Please contact Gina Amatruda prior to the live event at 203-915-3975.


San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
333 W Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


Or call 855-359-6454


Jointly sponsored/co-provided by:

Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine

This event is not part of the official International Stroke Conference 2014 as planned by the International Stroke Conference Program Committee.