University Hospitals 2020 Stroke Conference & 15th Annual Neuroscience Nursing Symposium

Release Date: October 16, 2020
Expiration Date:October 15, 2023



Dr. Cathy Sila, has reported no financial relationship with a commercial interest relevant to this activity.

Carotid Disease

Dr. Norman Kumins, Dr. Cathy Sila, Dr. Wei Xiong, and Erin Supan, CNS, reported no financial relationship with a commercial interest relevant to this activity.


Dr. Amanda Opaskar, and David Vincent, DC, have reported no financial relationship with a commercial interest relevant to this activity.

Urinary Problems associated with Neurologic Diseases

Dr. Debby Chuang, Chase Vlad, RN, Melissa Brately, RN, and Susan Flick, NP, have reported no financial relationship with a commercial interest relevant to this activity.

Fibromuscular Disease

Dr. Heather Gornik, Pamela Mace, RN, and Rebecca Young, BSN, RN, have reported no financial relationship with a commercial interest relevant to this activity.

Palliative Care

Jan Frandsen, NP, and Dr. Rab Razzak have reported no financial relationship with a commercial interest relevant to this activity.

Cognitive and Behavioral Effects of Stroke

Dr. Jill Winegardner, Beth Norton, OT, Tristan Weber, Psych NP, have reported no financial relationship with a commercial interest relevant to this activity.

Mechanical Thrombectomy

Dr. Abhishek Ray has reported no financial relationship with a commercial interest relevant to this activity.

Target Audience

This continuing medical education activity is intended for physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals.

Learning Objectives

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Review medical management for asymptomatic carotid disease 
  • Describe Transcarotid Arterial Revascularization treatment option for symptomatic carotid disease 
  • Discuss early diagnosis and treatment of post revascularization hyperperfusion    
  • Verbalize monitoring protocol for post carotid procedure patients 
  • Identify red flag headaches, distinguish between a migraine vs stroke    
  • Review therapeutic options in the management of acute vascular headaches including migraine   
  • Describe non pharmaceutical pain management strategies for headaches
  • Describe urinary problems associated with neurologic diseases
  • Share nursing performance improvement project to decrease Foley usage and CAUTI rate   
  • Review urological interventions in the outpatient setting
  • Review the clinical manifestations of Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) and the relationship between FMD and stroke and other vascular complications
  • Summarize nursing interventions for patients with FMD
  • Recognize the Fibromuscular Dysplasia Society of America as a public health charity working towards better diagnosis and treatment of Fibromuscular Dysplasia
  • Describe palliative care services for the neuroscience patient 
  • Discuss how nursing can facilitate crucial conversations and support patients and families with palliative care 
  • Review cognitive and behavioral effects on the post stroke patient  
  • Discuss cognitive rehabilitation strategies for the stroke patient         
  • Describe post stroke depression and management 
  • Recognize the current recommended options for Mechanical thrombectomy for patients with acute ischemic stroke.   
  • Review roles of emergency department caregivers   


Recorded slides and audio presentation. Power point slides with videos.

Planning Committee

Cathy Sila MD, FAHA

Mary Beemiller BSN, RN

Melissa Brately BSN, RN, CNRN  

Kim Findura RN

Julie Fussner BSN, RN, CPHQ, SCRN

Kelly Montgomery BSN, RN, SCRN

Danielle Sindelar MSN, RN, CMSRN

Natalie Smith BSN, CMSRN, SCRN

Erin Supan MSN, RN, APRN-CNS, CNRN  

Chase Vlad BSN, RN, CCRN

No Planning Committee member indicated a financial interest relevant to this activity.

Accreditation Statement

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

The policy of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine CME Program (CWRU CME) requires that the Activity Director, planning committee members and all activity faculty (that is, anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity) disclose to the activity participants all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Where disclosures have been made, conflicts of interest, real or apparent, must be resolved. Disclosure will be made to activity participants prior to the commencement of the activity. CWRU CME also requires that faculty make clinical recommendations based on the best available scientific evidence and that faculty identify any discussion of “off-label” or investigational use of pharmaceutical products or medical devices.


This activity was supported by a grant from Cerenovus.


To receive statements of credit for up to 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM you must:

  1. Review and reflect on the full content of the recorded session.
  2. Successfully complete the post-test. A score of 75% is required for passage.
  3. Complete the evaluation.

Your credits will be recorded by the CWRU CME Program and made a part of your cumulative transcript.

Estimated Time to Complete this Educational Activity

Including review of any resource material and completion of the post-test, this activity is expected to take 7.0 hours to complete all modules.


There is no fee for this program.

To contact the CME Provider: Email CWRU CME at


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