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The Arizona Brain and Heart Symposium

Course Goal

A collaboration of Barrow Neurological Institute and Arizona Heart Rhythm Center, the 2021 Brain-Heart Symposium aims to give an overview of the current state of the art scientific knowledge in neurocardiology. The meeting will consist of a hybrid format, with live guests and speakers, as well as a web-based format for attendees and speakers who will join the meeting virtually. Reuniting speakers specialized in neurology, interventional cardiology and electrophysiology, and cardiac surgery, morning and afternoon sessions will consist of plenary lectures and debates, as well as live interventional cardiology sessions.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Define the common conditions of brain-heart related disorders such as stroke,  seizure, encephalopathy, arrhythmia
  • Cite the updated recommendation on the diagnostic work up of the above-mentioned conditions 
  • Manage medically in terms of stroke prevention, arrhythmia control, and seizure control 
  • Explain the options in interventional treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, rhythm control, and stroke prevention

Registration Information

Attendee Typeprice
Admission with CME Credits$90.00
Virtual General AdmissionFree
In-Person General AdmissionFree
Registration fee includes: Symposium, program materials, and continuing education credits.
Refund and cancellation policy: Barrow reserves the right to cancel or change the program for due causes. Cancellation of this program by Barrow or by the participant before October 10th will result in a full refund of tuition.

In-Person and Virtual
Saturday, October 30, 2021
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT

Course Completion and CEU Requirements

CME/CNE are pending.

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Date, Time, and Location

In Person and Virtual
Saturday, October 30, 2021
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT

Goldman Auditorium
Barrow Neurological Institute
2910 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Target Audience

This program is designed for health professionals who work in the neurology and cardiology specialties.

Speaker Information

All times refer to Arizona time (Pacific Daylight Time).

Registration and Vendor Exhibit7:00 AM
David Wang, DO, FAAN, FAHA
Vijendra Swarup, MD, FACC, FHRS
Welcome and Introductions (7:30 AM)
David Wang, DO, FAAN, FAHABrain Health 2021 (7:40 AM)
Vijendra Swarup, MD, FACC, FHRSCardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology in 2021 (7:50 AM)
Early Morning SessionAn Introduction to Heart-Brain Interactions
Justin Hoskin, MDThe Brain’s in Charge: Basic Understanding of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System (8:00 AM)
Robert Lemery, MDThe Heart’s in Charge: The Concept of the Little Brain on the  Heart: The Intrinsic Cardiac Nervous System (8:15 AM)
Terry D. Fife, MDAutonomic Imbalance and Dysautonomias: Primary Neurologic  Disorders Affecting Day-to-Day Regulation of Blood Pressure (8:30 AM)
Sudarone Thihalolipavan, MD Cardiac Syncope: Primary Cardiac Causes of Loss of Conscience:  Bradycardia, Tachycardia and Other (8:45 AM)
Vijendra Swarup, MD Management of AF-Anticoagulation Therapy and the Role of  Catheter Ablation for Stroke Prevention (9:00 AM)
Supreet Kaur, MD Antithrombotics for Stroke and TIA: Pathophysiology and the  Neurologist Perspective (9:15 AM)
Saibal Kar, MD Left Atrial Appendage: Percutaneous Devices to Occlude the LAA  for Embolic Stroke Prevention (9:30 AM)
Exhibits and Coffee Break10:00 AM
VariousLIVE CASES Pre-Recorded: Appendage Closure Device and PFO (10:15 AM)
Hursh Naik, MD (Pro)
Paul MacDonald, MD (Con)
Debate: Patients with Cryptogenic Stroke Should Undergo Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure (11:15 AM)
Exhibits and Lunch11:45 AM
Early Afternoon SessionAn Update on New Therapy for Cardio and  Cerebral Vascular Diseases and ICH
Vivek Reddy, MD Renal Denervation: The Re-Emergence of a Promising Therapy:  New Hope or New Hype (12:45 PM)
Mid Afternoon SessionSudden Death, from Heart or Brain?
Andrew Ducruet, MDBrain Bleeds: The Neurosurgeon to the Rescue (1:15 PM)
Asim Haque, MD, PhD, MPHThe Epileptic Heart (1:30 PM)
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MDThe Cardiac Patient with VT or ICD Storm: Stellate Ganglion Block  and Cardiac Sympathetic Denervation (1:45 PM)
Robert Roberts, MDGenetics and Sudden Death: The Current (10:00 AM)
Exhibits and Coffee Break2:30 PM
Final SessionCHF and Autonomic Regulation
Vijendra Swarup, MDThe Patients with Ischemic and Non-Ischemic CHF: The Emerging Role of Autonomic Modulation (Baroreceptor and Vagal
Nerve Stimulation )(2:45 PM)
Rajakrishna Vijaykrishnan, MDThe Management of End-Stage Heart Failure (3:00 PM)
Rajakrishna Vijaykrishnan, MDLVAD and Other Emerging Bridge to Permanent Devices (3:15 PM)
Teddy Youn, MDMechanical Circulatory Support Devices and Stroke: A Review (3:30 PM)
Vijendra Swarup, MDCreating an Inter-Atrial Shunt to Control the Left Atrial Pressure
(LAP) in CHF: New Clinical Trials (3:45 PM)
David Wang, DO
Vijendra Swarup, MD
Concluding Remarks (4:00 PM)
PanelistsQ&A (4:15 PM)


It is the policy of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational programs. All those in control of content will disclose all relevant relationships with commercial interests. Detailed disclosures will be made in the activity handout materials.

Course Directors

Headshot of Robert Lemery, MD, FACC, FHRS
Robert Lemery, MD, FACC, FHRS
Arizona Heart Rhythm Center
Headshot of Vijendra Swarup, MD, FACC, FHRS
Vijendra Swarup, MD, FACC, FHRS
Arizona Heart Rhythm Center