And the Beat Goes On: Clinical Implications and Real-World Application of Advances in Heart Failure
Akshay S. Desai, MD, MPH
Harvard Medical School
Director, Heart Failure Disease Management
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Christie Avraamides, PhD
Clinical Content Manager
Stephanie Stowell Wenick, MPhil
Manager, Educational Strategy and Content
Director of Continuing Medical Education
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
- Apply current evidence-based guideline recommendations to treatment decisions for patients with chronic HF and reduced ejection fraction to reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality
This activity is intended for cardiologists.
Series Overview/Statement of Need
In 2016, the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Failure Society of America jointly published a focused update on the pharmacologic management of heart failure (HF) to provide guidance regarding the use of two new medical therapies approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of HF and reduced ejection fraction. These updated guidelines recommend the use of sacubitril/valsartan over angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers for select patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction. The guidelines also suggest the addition of ivabradine for additional heart rate control in patients with HF and reduced ejection fraction who maintain a heart rate of at least 70 bpm in sinus rhythm despite titration of beta blockers. Clinicians should familiarize themselves with the updated guidelines and current clinical trial data to provide optimal care to their patients.
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This CME activity consists of a 0.25-credit online publication. To receive credit, read the introductory CME material, read the publication, and complete the post-survey, evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.
Initial Release Date: July 14, 2017
Expiration Date: July 13, 2018
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 15 minutes
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Akshay S. Desai, MD, MPH
Consulting fees/advisory boards: AstraZeneca, Cheetah Medical, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Relypsa, Inc., Sanofi-aventis U.S. Inc.
Contracted research: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
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