BETHEL – Lipid management and controlling high blood pressure will be among the topics of discussion at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute Winter Symposium later this month.

Guest physician presenters Drs. Mary McGowan and Michael Conrad will discuss lipid management and high blood pressure, respectively, at the fourth annual medical education program set for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27, at the Bethel Inn and Country Club.

McGowan is director of the Lipid Treatment Center at Concord Hospital, Concord, N.H. She will discuss “Lipid Management: Which Drugs and How Aggressive?” and “Case Studies: Lipid Management” at two sessions.

Conrad is a nephrologist who practices with renal hypertension physicians in Mt. Laurel, N.J. He will discuss the most current information on high blood pressure management in a presentation titled “Management of Hypertension: 2007.”

The event will also feature presentations by seven physicians from the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute. Also participating will be Dr. Maylene Peralta, Central Maine Endocrinology, who will discuss “Managing the High Risk: Special Considerations in Type II Diabetes and Heart Disease.”

Dr. Michael Sterling, director of critical care at CMMC, will lead an advanced cardiac life support recertification course.

The symposium is open to primary care physicians, including residents, emergency physicians and emergency medical service providers, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others interested in cardiovascular disease management.

Educational credits will be available for some program participants. For more information about the symposium or the register for the event, call CMHVI at 753-3910.