Overview

Heart failure (HF) affects over 5 million Americans, with 825,000 new cases occurring annually and a resultant 1,000,000 hospitalizations, which translates into an annual estimated cost of over $30 billion dollars.  Implementation of the advances in management of heart failure have the potential to improve patients' quality of life, reduce the need for hospitalizations, reduce total medical costs, and prolong survival. This activity will review the current evidence-based, guideline recommended diagnosis and management of heart failure. Dr. Fonarow, a leading expert in Cardiovascular Medicine will discuss the essential roles of evidence-based heart failure medications, device therapy, patient education, and disease management.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline the prevalence, risk factors for, diagnosis, and prognosis with heart failure
  • Describe current evidence-based guideline recommendations for heart failure therapy
  • Describe the impact of medical therapies on heart failure patient outcome
  • Highlight the benefits of device therapy and disease management for heart failure

Faculty Disclosures

Consultant for Amgen, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; Medtronic, Inc.; and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Contracted Research for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and National Institutes of Health.

Disclosures

Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP (Reviewer): Speaker’s Bureau for AstraZeneca; and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Consultant for AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Lilly. Advisory Board for Pfizer, Inc.

Patrick Alguire, MD, FACP (Reviewer): Stock Holder for Amgen Inc; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Express Scripts; GlaxoSmithKline PLC; Medtronic Inc; Stryker Corporation; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

All other non-faculty contributors to planning, development, editing and review of content have no financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Supporters

Not Applicable

Education Partners

Pri-Med - UCLA


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