"Making The Impossible, Possible"

    Heart Disease | PAD Patient Conference

    FEBRUARY 18, 2023

    7am PT | 9am CT | 10am ET | 4pm CET


    What patients need to know about the biggest PAD study of the year, BEST CLI!

    Conference Theme

    3 in 5 heart attack sufferers have Peripheral Artery Disease and so it's important to raise awareness of this, which is why we hold this symposium during American Heart Month. This year's theme is research leading to the now and future of treatment for peripheral artery disease and heart disease. It's not an exhaustive set of topics as so many advances are being made each year in so many areas in an effort to save life and limb. Select topics were ones of most interest to those in The Way To My Heart's network this year.

    What You Will Learn

    • New studies and research aimed at saving life and limb.

    • How physicians are applying new research to save life and limb.

    • Why research doesn't always get put into policy and practice, but it's critical nature in creating life-and limb saving discussions not only between government officials, practitioners, and industry, but also between patients and their physician.

    • Critical questions to ask your doctor based on new studies and research.

    • How to participate in new research and studies (and how to determine the credibility of these opportunities)

    • Three in five heart attack sufferers have Peripheral Artery Disease - whether heart cardiac catheterization can and should be done as outpatient and how it might impact patients with peripheral and coronary narrowing due to plaque build-up.

    • The prevalence of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) in PAD and CAD patients and what you need to discuss with your doctor based on new research.

    • Advances in reducing restenosis (when an artery that was opened with a stent or angioplasty becomes narrowed again) in patients with PAD.

    • What advanced cholesterol tests can tell you and your doctor about your artery health.

    • Advances in foot and wound care for diabetic and peripheral artery disease patients.

    • Advances in chronic pain relief.

    See the full conference agenda AND speakers listed below!

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    7:05a – 7:35am PT \ 10:05am – 10:35am: ET Opening Keynote: PAD and CAD

    New Options for treatment in Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) or Hospital

    With 3 in 5 people who suffer a heart attack thought to have PAD... it only makes sense that patients with PAD and CAD could be treated in one place, whether it's a hospital or an ambulatory surgical center, or ASC. An ASC, simply put is a healthcare facility that can be freestanding or be attached to a larger hospital facility that provides diagnostic and surgical procedures that don't require an overnight hospital stay. Some patients like ASC's because they typically offer shorter wait times, lower costs, and smaller chances of infectious disease exposure. ASC's are popping up across the country starting to offer not only peripheral interventions for P.A.D. patients but also coronary interventions. The demand for alternative sites of service by patients and providers escalated as patients and physicians sought covid-free environments for urgent and elective coronary procedures that were delayed due to overburdened hospitals increasing the risk of life-threatening coronary events. Talking about research and evidence that supports this growing trend as well as what you as a patient needs to know to make the best decision as to where to get treated, are Dr. Sarang Mangalmurti, second to perform a heart catheterization at an ASC in Pennsylvania about thirty minutes from Philadelphia, and Dr. Nilesh Balar, Vascular Surgeon, who was one of the earliest to treat peripherals in a freestanding lab.

    Sarang Mangalmurti, MD

    Interventional Cardiologist and Endovascular Specialist

    Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists Association

    Bryn Mawr, PA

    Dr. Nilesh Balar

    Vascular Surgeon

    East Tremont Vascular

    New Jersey | New York

    7:40 – 8:10am | 10:40 – 11:10am ET - Advances in Blood Research

    Science Valley Research Institute researchers discuss late breakthroughs, new research trials, opportunities for patients to participate in future trials.


    Dr Eduardo Ramacciotti

    Vascular Surgeon/Researcher

    Science Valley Research Institute.

    Camilla Ribeiro

    Science Valley Research Institute

    Leandro Barile Agati

    Science Valley Research Institute


    8:15 - 8:35 | 11:15 – 11:35am ET Advanced Lipid Testing for PAD/CAD

    Dr. Ernst Schaefer

    Chief Medical Officer/Boston Heart Diagnostics

    Research that supports advanced blood testing and breakthroughs in lipid research and testing for PAD and CAD

    8:35 – 9:15 | 11:35am – 12:15pm ET | 4:35-5:15 pm London | 5:35 – 6:15 CET BEST CLI Study Panel

    A balanced panel of opinions as to the study results and what this means for patients. Some say patients shouldn’t worry about studies such as this because they should simply trust their provider. But not every patient’s provider offers a patient options beyond their own offering. Patients should understand all options and how to weight them to decide what feels right for them coupled with clinical evidence. What discussions should patients have with their physicians about treatment options? What are the questions patients should ask their doctor?

    Moderator: Dr. Anahita Dua

    Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon

    Dr. August Ysa

    Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon

    Dr. Lorenzo Patrone

    Interventional Radiologist

    Dr. Jihad Mustapha

    Interventional Cardiologist

    Dr. John Rundback

    Interventional Radiologist

    Albert Valls, , MSc.

    Endocore Lab

    9:20 – 9:50 am | 12:20pm – 12:50pm ET | 5:20pm – 5:50pm London | 6:20p – 6:50p CET - Promising Research on New Tools And Techniques for PAD/CAD

    This panel will likely flow from the previous panel with the addition of a few additional physicians who will talk about the most promising new studies and research leading to breakthrough tools for the treatment of narrowed arteries, whether in the leg or heart.

    Dr. James Joye
    Interventional Cardiologist

    Dr. John Rundback

    Interventional Radiologist

    Dr. Jihad Mustapha

    Interventional Cardiologist


    Albert Valls, , MSc.

    Endocore Lab

    Dr. Robert Beasley

    Interventional Radiologist

    9:50 am – 10:20 am | 12:50pm – 1:20pm - 30 Minute Rapid Fire Patient Q&A


    PAD Warriors sent in questions during their sign-up for this event. So, although questions can flow freely through the conference, we decided to dedicate a rapid fire session to ensure everyone finds the answers they need!

    Moderator: Dr. Ali Golshan

    Interventional Radiologist

    Dr. Ehrin Armstrong

    Interventional Cardiologist

    Dr. Qaisar Kahan

    Interventional Cardiologist

    10:20 – 10:50 PT | 1:20 – 1:50pm ET - Advances in Diabetic/PAD wound care | New studies/results

    Every three minutes in America, a limb is lost due to diabetes - and most of these are preventable. A big factor leading to amputations is lack of blood flow. It’s important for patients with diabetes to get regular check-ups of the blood flow in their leg and foot arteries. If it’s not flowing, it’s important to have a vascular specialist restore blood flow by clearing blockages in typically the lower limbs and feet, especially in those patients who have wounds that develop and won’t heal due to lack of blood flow. Speaking of wounds, another leading factor in amputations is these non-healing diabetic ulcers. Talking about research and innovation in foot care for patients with diabetes and peripheral artery disease are Dr. Stacia Jones, podiatrist with the VA, Also the “father of diabetic foot care,” Dr. Lawrence Harkless, and Dr. Gary Rothenberg, podiatrist and Director of Medical Affairs for diabetic foot technology company Podimetrics.

    Dr. Stacia Jones

    Podiatrist, VA

    Dr. Lawrence Harkless

    "Father of Diabetic Footcare"

    Dr. Gary Rothenburg

    Medical Director, Podimetrics

    10:50 – 11:30 am PT | 2:50pm – 3:20pm ET The Patients Role in Studies.

    How to get involved. Why it’s important to participate. How do you decide whether to participate in a specific study. Questions to Ask before enrolling?

    Speaker: Senior Clinical Scientist, Nina Deno, Cook Medical

    11:20 – 11:30 am - 2:20pm – 2:30 am ET Breakthroughs In Pain Control


    A group of researchers based out of University of California Davis recently received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to find a solution to chronic pain. Vladimir Yarov-Yarovoy talks about the challenges in trying to find effective alternatives to Opioid painkillers like oxycodone (OxyContin), as well as others such as fentanyl, which can be addictive, leading to the overuse and abuse. He will talk about the opportunities that lie ahead for monoclonal treatments as are already being used for some types of cancer.

    Moderator: Dr. John Phillips
    Interventional Cardiologist

    Moderator: Kym McNicholas

    Founder/The Way To My Heart

    Guest: Vladimir Yarov-Yarovoy

    Professor at University of California, Davis

    11:30 – 12 pm - 3:30pm – 4:00pm ET PAD Warriors Tell All

    P.A.D. Warriors are invited to share what they believe doctors don't understand about P.A.D. and what they hope researchers will explore further.


    Moderator: Douglas Salisbury


    P.A.D. Warrior Task Force

    Moderator: Larry "Short" Coleman

    Legendary Harlem Globetrotter

    P.A.D. Warrior

    Frank Diaz

    President, Midwest Region

    P.A.D. Warrior


    Opening Keynote: PAD and CAD | PAD Warrior and Nurse Practitioner Kay's Story

    Nurse Practitioner Kay Smith shares her story of perseverance with PAD and CAD. Through her story you will understand the importance of talking to your doctor about getting tested soonest for both Peripheral Artery Disease and Coronary Artery Disease. She has thrived despite a heart attacked, failed leg angiogram, and being marked palliative by the physician who couldn't get through blockages in her iliac arteries and aorta. She shares how she found the strength to persevere and you can, too!

    Keynote Fireside Chat: Advocating for Patient-centric Care

    Dr. Alex Vesey, Scotland

    Mr. Alex Vesey wouldn't settle for palliative care when it came to Nurse Practitioner Kay Smith. He is one of less than a handful of advanced endovascular specialists in Scotland. He and his team are opening the first hybrid lab in Scotland this winter to expand vascular care with a patient-centric team. He will discuss the evolution of vascular care through his career and the importance of finding a physician who is always learning new cutting-edge techniques to reduce the number of no-option patients.

    Getting to the Heart of PAD and CAD

    The importance of advanced bloodwork to determine your heart healthy diet!

    Michael Dansinger, MD

    Director, Tufts Diabetes Reversal Program

    Medical Director/Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Boston Heart Diagnostics

    P.A.D and C.A.D. | What you need to know

    The strong association between the two and critical tests you need to reduce the chance

    of heart attack, stroke, and amputation

    Dr. Raj Dave

    Interventional Cardiologist

    Cardiovascular Experts

    Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

    Three in five heart attack sufferers have P.A.D. but most don't know it until it's too late. Early testing is key to survival. Dr. Raj Dave will discuss the basics of C.A.D. and P.A.D., the association between the two, and critical tests to discuss with your doctor that will let you know if you are at risk of heart attack, stroke, and amputation. Dr. Dave will also discuss the advances in the treatment of C.A.D. through intervention and critical questions to ask your doctor to determine if (s)he is on the cutting-edge of innovation.

    Early Warning Signs of Vascular Issues | What Your Veins Tell You!

    While it's important to know interventional and surgical treatment options are available for advanced stages of P.A.D., early diagnosis can help reduce your chance of ever needing it because pharmaceuticals and lifestyle options suffice for most patients. Dr. Ali Golshan and Dr. Raj Khalsa will discuss the early warning signs of vascular issues, superficial and deep venous disease, and how to talk to your doctor about them.

    Who Treats P.A.D.?

    When you are diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease, you might be referred to one of three practices trained in treating it: Vascular Surgeon, Interventional Cardiologist, and Interventional Radiologist. Physicians from each practice will discuss their background, the benefits and limitations of their training in how it relates to P.A.D.

    Dr. Wande Pratt

    Vascular Surgeon

    Dr. Stephen Leschak

    Interventional Radiologist





    Interventional Cardiologist

    Hybrid Approaches to Treating P.A.D. | Combining Practices

    Mehrzad Zarghouni

    Vascular and Interventional Radiologist

    Dr. Zarghouni treats most of his patients with P.A.D.-related artery narrowing and blockages using minimally invasive, endovascular techniques at his office-based lab. For more complex cases, he teams up with a Vascular Surgeon at a nearby hospital for hybrid approaches. He'll talk about the basics of the angiogram for endovascular procedures and when he uses minimally invasive techniques combined with invasive approaches in partnership with a vascular surgeon to effectively restore blood flow.

    Advances in Endovascular and Surgical Approaches to Treating P.A.D.

    Physicians have different tools and techniques that can vary based on practice, training, facility, and more. So, it's important for patients to understand available treatment options and the benefits/limitations of each to make an informed decision on care. Dr. Anahita Dua and Dr. Zola N'Dandu will discuss not only frontline treatment options including medicine and walking, as well as advanced endovascular and surgical options

    Dr. Anahita Dua

    Vascular Surgeon

    Dr. Zola N'Dandu

    Interventional Cardiologist

    Dr. Lorenzo Patrone

    Interventional Radiologist

    First-Ever LIVE Case DIRECT to Patients

    Watch Dr. Yazan Khatib perform an angiogram on a patient with narrowed leg arteries - in real-time. Dr. Khatib and a panel of esteemed vascular specialists will explain each step in the process of restoring blood flow while demonstrating new tools and techniques more physicians are adopting to save life and limb. Patients will have the chance to ask questions along the way.

    This is an opportunity patients have never had before now so don't miss it!


    10am PT | 1pm ET

    Dr. Yazan Khatib

    Interventional Cardiologist


    Dr. Zola N'Dandu

    Interventional Cardiologist


    P.A.D. Warrior


    P.A.D. Warrior Task Force

    Dr. Anahita Dua

    Vascular Surgeon


    P.A.D. Warrior


    P.A.D. Warrior Task Warrior Task Force 

    Dr. Lorenzo Patrone

    Interventional Radiologist

    Nurse Practitioner Kay Smith

    P.A.D. Warrior


    P.A.D. Warrior Task Force

    P.A.D. Warriors Tell All

    This is a not-to-miss session where patients with P.A.D. share the reality of living with and being treated for P.A.D. Speakers for this session are still TBD. Take a look at last year's P.A.D. Warriors Tell All event:

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