Congestive Heart Failure–Updates in Management

Heart failure has reached epidemic proportions in the United States resulting in increased morbidity, mortality and health care costs. The development of the 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines, which introduce quality measures for patient self-education in outpatient settings and post discharge follow-up appointments, will require some substantial shifts in the care of heart-failure patients. Initiating palliative care, depression screening and physical/cardiac rehabilitation are now essential elements of effective heart-failure care plans. Opportunities to improve the delivery of comprehensive heart-failure care and implementing strategies to improve patient outcomes are imperative in the management of this condition. This presentation will provide an overview of the rationale for these guidelines and discuss the likely future evolution of heart-failure management.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to

  • Recognize optimal telephonic case management strategies for this patient population
  • Identify key elements of evidence-based management for heart failure
  • Select ACCF/AHA heart-failure-treatment guidelines for each stage of heart failure
  • Evaluate current research that is likely to define the future of heart-failure management

Eric Ernst Eric Ernst, MD, FACC
Medical Director
C.O.R.E. Clinic for Heart Failure Management
University of Minnesota Heart Care
Minneapolis, Minnesota

About the Presenter
Eric Ernst, MD, is a Non-Invasive Cardiologist and Medical Director, of C.O.R.E. (Cardiomyopathy Optimization Rehabilitation and Education) Clinic for Heart Failure Management at the University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview. He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1994. He completed his Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, and his Internal Medicine Residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Ernst is a Board member of the Minnesota Heart Failure Consortium, and a member of the Heart Failure Society of America. He has board certifications in both internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases.
His clinical interests include nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, heart failure and valvular heart disease.  Dr. Ernst was named as one of the Top Doctors in the Mpls. St. Paul Magazine in 2009, 2010, and 2012 and the GEM Award for improvement in hospital care of CHF patients.

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Presenter Disclosure
The faculty reported the following:
Eric Ernst, MD, FACC
Consultant: Cardiocom

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Senior Director
OptumHealth Education

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Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, coders (AAPC) and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in the management of congestive heart failure.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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