Heart Failure: Part I


Heart failure is a cardiovascular disease with an increasing hospitalization burden, entailing high morbidity and mortality as well as high costs. The prevalence of heart failure increases with advancing age. Acute and chronic management strategies in heart failure are aimed at improving both symptoms and prognosis, although management of individuals will depend on the underlying etiology and the severity of the condition.

This activity will review the pathophysiology between diastolic and systolic heart failure and identify the elements of an appropriate workup in both a primary care setting and in a skilled nursing facility.

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This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

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This activity is supported by OptumCare.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, coders and other health care professionals interested in improving the care of individuals with heart failure.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the pathophysiology between diastolic and systolic heart failure.
  • Recognize heart failure without advanced imaging techniques.
  • Differentiate between chronic heart failure and chronic heart failure with an acute exacerbation.
  • Identify the elements of an appropriate workup in a primary care setting as well as in a skilled nursing facility.
  • Determine when secondary hyperaldosteronism is present.

Additional Information

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Faculty presenter
Chetan B. Patel, MD  Chetan B. Patel, MD
  Associate Professor of Medicine
  Medical Director, Cardiac Transplant Program
  Vice Chief for Clinical Services
  Division of Cardiology
                      Duke University Medical Center
                      Durham, NC

About the presenter
Chetan Patel, MD attended medical school and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He trained at Duke University for his cardiology, heart failure, and cardiac transplantation fellowships, and was appointed to the Duke faculty in 2011.

Dr. Patel cares for patients across the spectrum of heart failure with a particular focus on advanced stages of heart failure when ventricular assist devices and transplantation are indicated. His research interests include examining the best strategies to transition patients from medical therapy to mechanical support and/or heart transplantation.

Sarah Chart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Tania M. Miedico, MD
Medical Director
Clinical Performance, OptumCare
Eden Prairie, MN

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those involved in the development of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Dr. Patel has indicated that he is a consultant for Abbott Labs and Medtronic, Inc.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation Statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit Designation Statements
Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

AAPC-Certified Coders
This program meets AAPC guidelines for 1.0 CEU. Can be used for Core A, CANPC and CHONC with successful completion of post-test for continuing education units.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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