Duke Heart Failure Symposium: The Leading Edge of Heart Failure Management

COURSE OVERVIEW: 

Heart failure is a rapidly growing clinical problem in the United States and worldwide. Heart failure is the most common discharge diagnosis among patients 65 and older in the United States. Epidemiologic projections suggest that the overall burden of heart failure care will continue to grow dramatically, with an expected increase in prevalence of 46% from 2012 to 2030, resulting in over 8 million adults living with heart failure. Heart failure is estimated to account for over 30 billion dollars per year of health care spending, and controlling costs and improving care of heart failure patients has been a major focus of health care reform in the United States.  Heart failure care includes appreciation for the genetic risk factors and social determinants of health as they differentially impact disease burden and risk for progression. Advanced forms of heart failure carry a mortality rate greater than that of most cancers. Thus, it is critically important to raise awareness and improve knowledge about the symptoms, diagnosis, newer therapeutic options and outcomes in heart failure. 

A variety of recent developments in the field of heart failure therapies, including novel drugs, new devices, and care innovations inform the current effort to improve heart failure education and refine approaches to disease management for clinicians. Physicians and other practitioners must be armed with the most up-to-date evidence to guide best treatments and improve the prognosis for patients with heart failure. 


CO-COURSE DIRECTORS:   

 

 

 

 

 

Richa Agarwal, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Mentz, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief, Heart Failure Section
Duke University Medical Center 


INVITED SPEAKERS: 
 

Margaret Bowers, DNP
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Duke University Medical Center

Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine-Cardiology
Baylor College of Medicine

Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine

Rebecca Cogswell, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Minnesota

G. Michael Felker, MD
Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

Marat Fudim, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

Stephen Greene, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

Karol Harshaw-Ellis, DNP
Nurse Practitioner - Cardiology
Duke University Medical Center

Christopher Holley, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

Ravi Karra, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center 

Jason Katz, MD
Instructor, Department of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center 

Anu Lala, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital

Sudarshan Rajagopal, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

Jacob Schroder, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Duke University Medical Center

Andrew Wang, MD
Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center


TARGET AUDIENCE

This program is designed to meet the continuing education (CE) needs of cardiologists, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of heart failure patients.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Identify the role of clinical trials in the development of new heart failure therapies: Goals of current and future trial design and endpoints
  2. Discuss the role of emerging drug therapy for chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, with focus on updated treatment paradigms and challenges (i.e. how to initiate, combine, or switch therapies to newer evidence-based treatments, which therapies to prioritize, defining optimal therapy in the current era)
  3. Review and discuss best practices for acute heart failure therapy, including acute treatment strategies to prevent rehospitalization and improve natural history of disease
  4. Discuss the role of interventional and device management in acute heart failure and care trends in a contemporary intensive care setting
  5. Recognize and address challenges in transition of care and improving care coordination
  6. Describe how to initiate and sustain an open access and medication titration clinic
  7. Identify advances in the management of patients with heart failure in the outpatient setting with utilization of ambulatory monitoring, wearable technologies, and electronic care systems

JOINT ACCREDITATION STATEMENT: 

This activity has been planned and implemented by the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education & Professional Development for the advancement of patient care. In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education & Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Category 1: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse CE: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for up to 3.75 credit hours for nurses. Nurses should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.


Register

Registration for the symposium is complimentary, but required. Please click here to register.

CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to Christy Darnell via email (christy.darnell@duke.edu). 

AFTER THE EVENT

To complete all course requirements and claim continuing education credits, please do the following:

Receive email from Duke CME office next week with link to the course evaluation. 
Complete the course evaluation.
Attest to your hours of completion.
Download your certificate.