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Recognizing the Risk and Providing Optimal Care to Veterans With Heart Failure
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Recognizing the Risk and Providing Optimal Care to Veterans With Heart Failure


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Overview: This publication explores risk factors for heart failure that are unique to veterans and reviews treatment strategies based on the updated heart failure guidelines. The clinical trials that led to these updated guidelines are also discussed.

CME Information:

Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Director, Heart Failure Program
Director, Clinical Echocardiography
San Francisco VA Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Peoria, IL
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
East Lansing, MI
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Director of Preventive Cardiology
CGH Medical Center
Sterling, IL

Activity Planners
Christie Avraamides, PhD
Clinical Content Manager
Baltimore, MD

Rebecca L. Julian, MS, ELS
Senior Manager, Editorial
Baltimore, MD

Samantha Gordon
CME Specialist
Baltimore, MD

Kathryn Schaefer, MSN, RN
Lead Nurse Planner
East Lansing, MI
Christine Welniak
Playa del Rey, CA
Learning Objectives
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Identify risk factors for HF including those unique to veterans
  • Describe strategies to manage comorbid conditions or risk factors among veterans with or at risk of HF
  • Incorporate recent clinical evidence and guideline recommendations to provide personalized care for veterans with chronic HF

Target Audience
This activity is intended for primary care physicians, cardiologists, nurses, and pharmacists who manage the health of about 18 million beneficiaries in the federal healthcare system, including the VA and the military through all branches of service in the DoD.
Series Overview/Statement of Need
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration provides healthcare services to approximately 9 million veterans. Heart failure (HF) is the primary reason for admission at VA Medical Centers, and its prevalence is expected to increase in the coming years. Indeed, the rise in obesity and diabetes, which are associated with an increased risk of HF, will likely contribute to this increased prevalence. In addition, veterans have unique risk factors for HF that clinicians need to be able to recognize to appropriately manage these patients. Furthermore, in 2017, the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Failure Society of America jointly published a focused update on the pharmacologic management of HF to provide guidance regarding the use of two new medical therapies approved for the treatment of HF. Thus, clinicians need to be aware of the updated guidelines to provide optimal care to their patients.
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Medium/Method of Participation
This CME/CE/CPE activity consists of a 1.0-credit publication. To receive credit, complete the pre-survey, read the introductory CME/CE/CPE 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: December 22, 2017
Expiration Date: December 21, 2018
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 1 hour

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Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation.
Consulting fees/advisory boards: Abbott Laboratories, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cytokinetics, Merck & Co., Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Stealth BioTherapeutics
Contracted research: Abbott Laboratories, Amgen, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celyad, Medtronic, Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Stealth BioTherapeutics

Fees received for promotional/non-CME activities: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Christine Welniak
Other (medical writer): Corindus, Inc.

The peer reviewers and other activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

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Acknowledgment of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

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