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Heart Failure Refresher Overview

Presented by: Karen Marzlin

Course Description:
According to the American Heart Association the prevalence of heart failure is expected to increase 46% by 2030 resulting in more than 8 million persons with heart failure. Nursing knowledge and skill related to heart failure care is essential for the delivery of high quality care to this complex and vulnerable patient population. This refresher course covers the content outlined below.  This short course was recorded as part of the Cardiac Vascular Nursing Certification Review Course and is being offered as an individual CE offering for those not purchasing the CVN Review Course.

Course Content:

    • Definition and Classifications
    • Pathophysiology and the Neurohormonal Response
    • Symptoms of Heart Failure
    • Physical Examination Findings
    • Diagnosis
      • BNP Level Assessment
      • Electrolyte Evaluation
      • Other Pertinent Lab Assessment
      • Non-invasive Imaging
    • Treatments for HFrEF
      • Medications to Improve Mortality
      • Medications to Decrease Symptoms
      • Dietary Sodium Considerations
      • Fluid Intake Considerations
      • Device Therapy
    • Treatments for HFpEF
      • Medications
      • Addressing Co-Morbidities
    • Stage D Heart Failure
      • Advanced Therapy
      • End of Life Decisions
    • Patient Education
    • Addressing Readmissions

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Contrast between the pathophysiology of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.
  • Differentiate between staging of heart failure and evaluation of NYHA functional class.
  • Correlate the neurohormonal responses to reduced ejection fraction to the evidence based pharmacological therapies used to treat heart failure with reduced ejection fraction.
  • Discuss signs and symptoms of heart failure and nursing consideration in the management of these symptoms.
  • Compare the therapeutic effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy and implantable cardiac defibrillators in the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction.
  • Describe decision making considerations for treatment of patients with stage D or advanced heart failure.
  • Define the difference between hospice and palliative care.
  • Discuss strategies to achieve self-care management in patients with heart failure.
  • Identify 3 potential opportunities to improve quality of care or reduce unnecessary admissions or readmissions in patients with heart failure.

Continuing Education:
4.75 hours of continuing education (contact hours) are offered with this program. 1.0 Pharmacology CE.  CNEA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 15714.

Course Price:
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