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National Association for Continuing Education
Course Reviewer
Eldrin F. Lewis, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Director, Cardiovascular Clerkship Program
Boston, MA

Medical Writer
Cedric Nazareth, MBBS

Title
: Heart Failure: Optimizing Medical Therapy and Patient Communication
Activity/Course #:
: NCME364
Cost:
: Free
Release/Start Date:
: Oct 31 2018
Expiration Date:
: Oct 30 2019
Topics:
: Cardiovascular
Target Audience:
: Primary Care Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Format:
: Monograph
Estimated Time To Complete CME Activity:
: 1.0 Hour
Credit(s):
: 1.0 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)
1.0 AANP Contact hour(s) which includes 0.75 pharmacology hour(s)
Hardware/Software Requirements:
Summary
Heart failure (HF) is a growing problem in the United States, affecting an estimated 5.1 million Americans ≥20 years of age. With increased life expectancy, the prevalence of HF is expected to increase 25% by the year 2030, leading to an annual healthcare cost of $70 billion. The disease is associated with several cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular risk factors, including hypertension, coronary artery disease, obesity, diabetes mellitus, HIV infection, and depression.

HF is a cause for even greater concern among certain ethnic groups such as African Americans and Hispanics, in whom it occurs at an earlier age, and is associated with a lower left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and a greater prevalence of risk factors such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension.

This activity will review the role of laboratory testing and imaging for the evaluation and management of heart failure, demonstrate how to reliably assess symptom burden, and examine the use of the current guidelines to create strategies for management and reduction of hospitalization.

Learning Objective(s):

After completing this program participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the role of laboratory testing and imaging in the evaluation and management of heart failure (HF)
  2. Reliably assess symptom burden in patients with HF
  3. Implement ACC/AHA/HFSA guideline-directed medical therapy in the management of chronic heart failure
  4. Recognize strategies to reduce hospitalization and readmission for HF

 

How to obtain the CME Certificate

  1. Register for the course at www.naceonline.com.
  2. View the content.
  3. Complete and submit the post-test and evaluation.
  4. A minimum passing score of 70% must be earned on the post-test in order to complete the CME activity.
  5. Print your CME certificate.
Sponsored and Certified By
National Association for Continuing Education & Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.
Accreditation Designation Statement
The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The National Association for Continuing Education is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. AANP Provider Number 121222. This program has been approved for 1 contact hours of continuing education which includes 0.75 pharmacology hours.
Faculty Disclosure Policy
Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure: It is the policy of the NACE to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities. All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the National Association for Continuing Education are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships. Faculty disclosures are provided below.

Activity Planning Committee,
Eldrin F. Lewis, MD, MPH is a contracted researcher for Novartis, Sanofi, and Amgen. He also serves as a consultant for Novartis.

Cedric Nazareth, Medical Writer, has no relationships to disclose.

Harvey C. Parker, Ph.D., has no relationships to disclose.

Gregg Sherman, MD, has no relationships to disclose.

Deborah Paschal, CRNP, has no relationships to disclose.

Michelle Frisch, MPH, has no relationships to disclose.

Daniela Hiedra has no relationships to disclose.

Sandy Bihlmeyer, MEd, has no relationships to disclose.

Alan Goodstat, LCSW, has no relationships to disclose.

Cassandra McCullough, has no financial relationships to disclose.
Commercial Support
This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.