Heart Failure – Nurse Practitioner



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Heart failure (HF) is a common condition that causes significant disability and death in the US and around the world. About 6.5 million adults in the US have HF – and despite advances in drug and device therapies, HF was a contributing cause of 1 in 8 deaths in 2017.The estimated total cost of HF (including health care, medication and missed work) in 2012 was almost $31 billion.The prevalence of HF continues to rise, and is expected to exceed 8 million people by 2030. By this time, the medical costs of HF management are projected to reach $53 billion annually. This issue describes the physiology underlying different types of HF and reviews all aspects of the medications that are currently available and recommended for its management. Various factors and medications that can worsen HF are also discussed.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Nurse Practitioner

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the health conditions that can lead to heart failure and the types of heart failure according to ejection fraction,ACCF/AHA stage, and NYHA functional class. Understand the relationship between heart failure and the renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS).
  • Regarding the major classes of heart failure medications, describe their role in therapy, adverse effects, and monitoring recommendations. List 4 medications that should be avoided in patients with heart failure.
  • Counsel patients about heart failure, including signs and symptoms and recommended lifestyle changes.

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Nurse Practitioner : 0798-0000-21-195-H04
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

Credit for this program is issued by passing the final test hosted at www.RxConsultant.com with a score of 70% or higher.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.