OnDemand: Heart Failure Diagnosis, Treatment and Management

Cost: Free
Duration: 1.5 hours

Heart Failure Diagnosis, Treatment and Management in Primary Care OnDemand

Heart failure is the development of abnormal cardia function characterized by the heart's failure to pump blood adequately. Patients commonly seek care as a result of sudden shortness of breath, particularly after lying down to sleep (orthopnea), and excessive fatigue. Heart failure incidence and prevalence increases strikingly with age, making it the most common reason for hospitalization among older adults. To a large extent, heart failure is a geriatric syndrome similar to dementia, falls and frailty. Rehospitalization and mortality rates remain high despite improvements in outcomes for older adults with heart failure.

As of 2017, heart failure affected an estimated 6.5 million Americans 20 years of age and older, according to the American Heart Association. In spite of a decrease in incidence from 2000-2012, heart failure deaths are currently on the rise again, according to 2012-2014 data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the United States, approximately 309,000 deaths are attributable to heart failure and 960,000 new diagnosis are made each year. U.S. heart failure costs exceeds $30 billion in 2013 and are projected to increase upwards of $69.8 by 2030.

Death by heart failure is preventable when it is recognized early and managed effectively. Because most heart failure patients are diagnosed by their primary care clinician, clinicians must be able to recognize the highly variable clinical features of heart failure and must respond with appropriate therapies or specialist referrals. Because new knowledge about heart failure is accumulating quickly, primary care clinicians must stay up-to-date to adequately implement effective strategies of care for heart failure patients.

This course will provide primary care clinicians with education to support earlier diagnosis of heart failure, establish a treatment plan and monitor disease progression in order to improve patient outcomes and reduce disease burden.

Target Audience

This education program is geared to members of interdisciplinary health care teams working in a primary care setting, including:

  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • and Others

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Quantify the health and economic impact of heart failure at the national level.
  • Discuss screening and diagnosis guidelines for heart failure, as well as its risk factors and symptoms.
  • Comprehend heart failure treatment guidelines, differentiate between pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment options and identify the appropriate course of treatment based on patient presentation.
  • Recognize and reduce barriers to specialist referral and care coordination.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 ACPE
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 ANCC
  • 1.50 IPCE
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 2.00 PCMH CCE
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Stephen J. Greene, MD, FACC

Advanced Heart Failure Specialist, Cardiologist
Duke University School of Medicine


Ravi B. Patel, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Preventive Medicine
Northwestern University


In support of improving patient care, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide Interprofessional Continuing Education for the healthcare team. 

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change. 

This educational activity is approved for: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM and ACPE.

This educational activity is approved for 1.5 nursing contact hours.*

The assigned universal program number: JA0004597-0000-22-003-H04-P. Upon successful completion of this program (attending the full session and completing a program evaluation), participants will access CPE Monitor on the ACPE website to locate and track their CPE statement of credit.

This live course grants 2.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points for PCMH Certified Content Experts.  

* Please note – You must attend the entire program to be eligible for total number of contact hours.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 ACPE
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 ANCC
  • 1.50 IPCE
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 2.00 PCMH CCE
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