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Cardio Renal Connections is a unique meeting bringing together clinicians and scientists to explore the complex relationships between the heart and kidney. The interplay between the kidneys and the cardiovascular system is complex. The close relationship of renal function and cardiac function has given rise to the concept of cardiorenal syndromes. This interplay extends beyond these syndromes and manifests itself in the form of hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and peripheral vascular disease. With the epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and aging of the United States population, physicians will continue to face a growing number of patients with renal and cardiovascular disease. This interprofessional CE program will serve to help foster education and discussion about the intersection of these two pathophysiologic systems.

Who Should Attend

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and other healthcare professionals who specialize in cardiology and nephrology.

Continuing Education Credit:

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio designates this live activity up to a maximum of 35.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Nursing Continuing Professional Development Statement

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 


Up to 32.0 CEs available.

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) 

The Long School of Medicine is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). 


Texas Medical Board – Ethics Statement

Under review by the Texas Medical Board criteria for formal continuing medical education involving the study of medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.


Conference Highlights

  1. Learn about impact of covid on long term cardiorenal health and on changes in the way medicine is practiced during pandemic.

  2. In-depth exploration of the interactions between obesity, diabetes, heart, and kidney disease

  3. Differentiate Women and cardiorenometabolic health and its implication

  4. Updates in cardio-nephro-oncology

  5. Latest pharmacological interventions including SGLT2i, GLP1 agonists and MRA for diabetes with cardiorenal protections

  6. Explore nutritional and exercise approaches for heart and kidney disease patients

  7. Peripheral arterial disease burden and prevention

  8. Latest in hypertension management in heart and kidney patients, renal denervation, baroreceptor stimulation

  9. Updates in anemia management and relationship of iron deficiency, acid load etc with cardiorenal health

  10. Art of Medicine: address diversity and burnout in workforce; health disparities in Latinos.


Anand Prasad, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI

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Anand Prasad, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI
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Dr. Prasad graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 2000. He completed Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas. Subsequently, he completed an Interventional Cardiology and an Endovascular Fellowship at the University of California San Diego. He then joined the faculty at UC San Diego and after three years moved back to Texas to join the faculty at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is a Professor of Medicine and holds the Freeman Heart Association Endowment in Cardiovascular Disease. He also is the Director of the UT/UHS Heart and Vascular Institute Catheterization Laboratories at University Health System. His clinical interests are centered on the endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease including carotid and lower extremity disease, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, percutaneous ventricular support devices and complex high risk percutaneous coronary interventions. Dr. Prasad has a focus on Vascular Medicine, is also board certified by the American Board of Vascular Medicine, and holds a certification as a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI).

He has served as the Associate Program Director and Program Director for the Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program at UT Health San Antonio. He is the Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program. In addition to an active role in Fellow training, Dr. Prasad is involved with clinical research. He is the PI on both investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical trials. His areas of current interest include novel approaches to therapy for limb salvage and acute kidney injury following endovascular interventions. He is also involved with efforts to understand subclinical vascular disease in minority populations and serves as a co-investigator in the Cameron County Hispanic Cohort Study. The goals of this endeavor are to understand the prevalence, predictors, and outcomes related to subclinical peripheral arterial disease in Mexican Americans. His research career has led to over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has served as the Associate Editor of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI), Associate Peripheral Arterial Disease Section Editor for, on the ACC Interventional Section writing committee, ACC NCDR PVI Steering committee, XLPAD steering committee and on the editorial board for the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, JSCAI and editorial consultant for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The intersection of his research and clinical interests has led to the creation of the largest cardio-renal symposium in the United States: Cardio-Renal Connections. As co-founder of this meeting, Dr. Prasad has worked to bring together clinicians, nurses, students, researchers, and industry to better address the challenges in management of patients with concomitant heart and kidney disease.

Shweta Bansal, MD, FASN

After obtaining medical degree from SMS Medical College, Jaipur and Residency in Internal Medicine from New Delhi, India, Dr. Bansal moved to the Unites States in 2001, where she went on to complete Internal Medicine Residency and Nephrology Fellowship from the University of Colorado, Denver. There she also obtained the certificate in Public Health Sciences. Dr. Bansal joined the Division of Nephrology at UT Health San Antonio in 2010 and currently is a clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of Home Dialysis Program. Dr. Bansal adores the pathophysiological role kidneys play in health and diseases, particularly hypertension and heart failure, and is passionate about teaching this role to the medical students, residents, fellows, and colleagues. She has been highly recognized for her outstanding teaching abilities and won several teaching awards.  Her passion for education and cardiorenal interest led to the foundation of Annual Cardiorenal Connections (CRC) CME meeting in 2016 with cardiologist, Dr. Anand Prasad. Under their leadership and vision, CRC has achieved national and international fame and is the perfect venue for providers from different disciplines to come together and discuss the challenges we face on routine basis which are not addressed in specialty-specific conferences. As one of the founders, Dr. Bansal hopes that attendees enjoy this conference as much as she enjoys organizing it.


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Shweta Bansal, MD
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For patient care, Dr. Bansal strongly believes that empowerment of patients through health education is the most important step to achieve the best outcomes. Her establishment of home dialysis program at the partnered University Hospital System is a great example of patient empowerment and she fervently promotes this underutilized modality to the patients and fellows locally and nationally via participation in Home Dialysis University. She also serves as the chairs of education committee for North American chapter of International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis and is the member of American Society of Nephrology Home Dialysis task force. 

As the Program Director of Nephrology Fellowship (2017-2021), with implementation of innovative cardiorenal track, multiple electives, and night-float system, she put the program on national map and made it extremely competitive to attract quality applicants. She serves her profession through ABIM-Nephrology item-writing force, KSAP and NephSAP review panel. Dr. Bansal’s clinical and research interests focus on the volume/sodium control in the management of hypertension, CKD, dialysis and cardiorenal patients. She has received extra-mural and institutional grants and is the site-PI for NHLBI sponsored SPIRRIT-HF, TRIDENT consortium, Precision Medicine initiatives with NIH and several clinical industry grants. She has over 70 peer reviewed publications and chapters in high-impact journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine and JASN. She leads the Hub Liaison Team for Institutional Clinical and Translational Sciences Award. She also serves as the chair of the Institutional Review Board, Associate Editor for Journal Clinical Nephrology and member of many editorial boards.

Overall, Dr. Bansal strongly believes in academic medicine and its each domain - patient care, education, and research. She is humbled and privileged to have the current job that allows her to have a meaningful impact on the lives of her patients through clinical care and research activities, and the lives of medical students, residents, and fellows through teaching.

Course Desripion
Course Directors

The interplay between the kidneys and the cardiovascular system is complex. The close relationship of renal function and cardiac function has given rise to the concept of cardio-renal syndromes. This interplay extends beyond these syndromes and manifests itself in the form of hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and peripheral vascular disease. With the epidemic of diabetes and aging of the United States population, physicians will continue to face a growing number of patients with renal and cardiovascular disease. This CME program will serve to help foster education and discussion about the intersection of these two pathophysiologic systems.




  1. ​Robert W. Schrier, Shweta Bansal. Pulmonary hypertension, right ventricular failure, and kidney: different from left ventricular failure? Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2008; 3(5): 1232-1237

  2. Robert W. Schrier, Shweta Bansal. Diagnosis and management of hyponatremia in acute illness. Curr Opin Crit Care 2008 Dec;14(6):627-34

  3. Shweta Bansal, JoAnn Lindenfeld, Robert W. Schrier. Sodium retention in heart failure and cirrhosis: Potential role of natriuretic doses of mineralocorticoid antagonist? Circ Heart Fail. 2009 Jul ;2(4):370-376

  4. Shweta Bansal, David Badesch, Todd Bull and Robert W. Schrier. Role of vasopressin and aldosterone in pulmonary arterial hypertension: A pilot study. Contemp Clin Trials 2009 Sep; 30(5): 392-9. Epub 2009 Apr 16.

  5. Subrata Debnath, Farook Thameem, Tahira Alves, Jacqueline Nolan, Hania Al-Shahrouri, Shweta Bansal, Hanna E. Abboud, and Paolo Fanti. Diabetic Nephropathy Among Mexican Americans. Clinical Nephrology 2012; 77(4):332-44.

  6. Marvin Eng, Shweta Bansal*. Use of Natriuretic-doses of Spironolactone for Treatment of Loop Diuretic Resistant Acute Decompensated Heart Failure. Int J Cardiol. 2014 Jan 1;170(3):e68-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2013.11.023. Epub 2013 Nov 12

  7. SPRINT Research Group, Wright JT Jr, Williamson JD, Whelton PK, Snyder JK, Sink KM, Rocco MV, Reboussin DM, Rahman M, Oparil S, Lewis CE, Kimmel PL, Johnson KC, Goff DC Jr, Fine LJ, Cutler JA, Cushman WC, Cheung AK, Ambrosius WT. A Randomized Trial of Intensive versus Standard Blood-Pressure Control. N Engl J Med. 2015 Nov 26;373(22):2103-16. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1511939. Epub 2015 Nov 9

  8. Levin D, Bansal S, Prasad A. The Role of Novel Cardiorenal Biomarkers in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for the Detection of Acute Kidney Injury. Rev Cardiovasc Med. 2016;17(3-4):100-114. PMID: 28144017.

  9. Bansal S. New insight into in to an old therapy for the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure and associated renal dysfunction.SM Journal of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Diseases 2016; 2: 1006

  10. Shweta Bansal*, Anand Prasad, Stuart Linas. Right Heart Failure - Unrecognized Causes of Cardiorenal Syndrome. Perspective in Journal of American Society of Nephrology. July 2018; 29: 1795-1798.

  11. SONAR investigators, Hiddo J L Heerspink, Hans-Henrik Parving, Dennis L Andress, George Bakris, Ricardo Correa-Rotter, Fan-Fan Hou, Dalane W Kitzman, Donald Kohan, Hirofumi Makino, John J V McMurray, Joel Z Melnick, Michael G Miller, Pablo E Pergola, Vlado Perkovic, Sheldon Tobe, Tingting Yi, Melissa Wigderson, Dick de Zeeuw.  Atrasentan and renal events in patients with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease (SONAR): a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet, published Online April 15, 2019,

  12. Shweta Bansal, Kristina Munoz, Sonja Brune, Steve Bailey, Anand Prasad, and Chakradhar Velagapudi.  Recognizing and Treating Loop-Diuretic Resistant Acute Decompensated Heart Failure with High-dose Spironolactone. Annals of Internal Medicine. Online July 16, 2019

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