This activity is part of the curriculum in the American College of Cardiology’s RIGHTSTEPS: Optimizing Medical Therapy for Chronic Heart Failure. The initiative seeks to ensure patients with chronic heart failure receive the right guideline-dictated medication. The program is committed to providing education that offers clinicians the right steps to treat the right patients with the right drugs at the right dose at the right time.
To see more information about RightSTEPS, including details about live meetings and after-education coaching, please click here.
All online activities for RightSTEPS are listed below, with links for those currently available.
Special Considerations for Women and Communities of Color: Monologues to Dialogues 1. Case: A 63-Year-Old Female HF Patient Recently Diagnosed With HFpEF (Coming Soon) 2. Case: A 42-Year-Old African American Man With HF Recently Discharged From the Hospital (Coming Soon) 3. Case: A 52-Year-Old Native American Woman With HFrEF (Coming Soon) 4. Case: A 59-Year-Old Hispanic Man With HF and Multiple Comorbidities: A Caregiver's Perspective (Coming Soon)
Viewpoints in Heart Failure(Titles Coming Soon)
Online Reinforcing Activities 1. How to Reduce Performance Variation in Heart Failure Management—Conference Capture (Coming Soon) 2. Concerns and Controversies Over New Treatments in Heart Failure (Coming Soon)
0.50 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM 0.50 / CNE Contact Hour
Provided by the American College of Cardiology Foundation in collaboration with Haymarket Medical Education
Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Evidence-based strategies recommended in current practice guidelines can improve outcomes for patients with heart failure (HF). However, interpreting and applying these strategies in clinical practice is challenging. While many interventions have successfully focused on compliance with performance measures for HF, studies show that there is inadequate use of optimal medical therapy (OMT)—such as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) in appropriate HF patients—coupled with inadequate patient education on disease self-management. Beta-blockers (BBs) and aldosterone antagonists are especially underused, as are implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) ICDs. Education is also needed on uptitration recommendations.
This module is intended for cardiologists, internists, primary care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and other clinicians who manage patients with chronic heart failure.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
Identify heart failure (HF) guidelines, including the importance of a baseline echocardiogram (ECG)
Apply specific guidelines for first-line (class 1) and uptitration recommendations for medical therapy, including ACEs, ARBs, BBs, and aldosterone
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Margaret Bowers, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CHFN, AACC, FAANP Associate Professor Faculty Coordinator, Adult Nurse Practitioner Programs Lead Faculty, Cardiovascular Specialty Duke University School of Nursing Durham, NC
Margaret Bowers, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CHFN, AACC, FAANP, has received speakers' bureau fees from Amgen.
Akshay Desai, MD, MPH, FACC Director, Heart Failure Disease Management Cardiovascular Division Brigham and Women’s Hospital Associate Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School Boston, MA
Akshay Desai, MD, reports receiving research grants from Novartis and consulting fees from Novartis, St. Jude Medical, Relypsa, Sanofi, Merck, Janssen, AstraZeneca, and Cheetah Medical.
Alan Wasserman, MD, MACP, FACC Chairman, Department of Medicine Eugene Meyer Professor of Medicine George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences George Washington University Medical Center Washington, DC
Alan Wasserman, MD, MACP, FACC, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Cathleen Biga, RN, MSN President and CEO Cardiovascular Management of Illinois Woodridge, IL
Cathleen Biga, RN, MSN, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Kimberly V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC Nurse Planner American College of Cardiology Washington, DC
Kimberly V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Lee Goldberg, MD, MPH Medical Director University of Pennsylvania Heart Failure and Transplantation Program Associate Professor of Medicine Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
Lee Goldberg, MD, MPH, has received consultant fees from Medtronic and St. Jude Medical and has received research grants from Respircardia.
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ACCF staff involved in this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Haymarket Medical Education staff involved in this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
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CNE Contact Hour(s)
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The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.50 continuing nursing education contact hour. Requirements for successful completion are viewing of module in its entirety and completing the evaluation tool.
While offering credits noted above, the module is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.
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