This program is developed through a collaborative partnership between Antidote Education Company and ArcheMedX.
This CME activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis.
Release date: March 19, 2015
Valid through: March 19, 2016
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 45 minutes per activity for a total of 2.25 hours.
This program is designed for emergency department physicians and residents, hospitalists and cardiologists involved in the care of patients with acute heart failure.
Heart failure is a complex syndrome that affects approximately 5.1 million Americans. Numbers are predicted to rise as a result of the changing demographics of the population. While recent efforts have focused on improving the outlook for patients with chronic heart failure, mortality and morbidity following admission for acute heart failure remain significant. New and emerging therapeutic options hold the promise for improving outcomes for these patients.
Growing evidence suggests that mortality can be reduced if patients are rapidly and accurately assessed in the emergency department (ED), and admitted to a unit with expertise in the management of ADHF, mirroring the treatment of patients following acute myocardial infarction (AMI).1 Delays in getting key diagnostic tests, failure to initiate and maintain drug treatments as per guidelines, and failure to arrange effective follow-up frequently result in suboptimal care. Therefore, education aimed at improving ADHF management and discussing new and emerging treatments offers a learning opportunity for healthcare providers, particularly those in the emergency room that initially diagnose and treat ADHF patients.
This 3 part CME series will utilize a new self-directed learning architecture that effectively extends the learning moment to provide learners with control over how and when they learn. The latest information and guidelines for managing acute decompensated heart failure, and a review of trial reports on new therapies will drive healthcare providers toward best practices in effective care of patients with acute heart failure.
William T. Abraham, MD, FACP, FACC, FAHA, FESC, FRCPE
Professor of Internal Medicine, Physiology and Cell Biology Chair of Excellence in Cardiovascular
Medicine Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine Associate Dean for Clinical Research Medical Director, Clinical Trials Management Office, The Ohio State University Columbus, OH
Dr. William T. Abraham is Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Abraham earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, following which he completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Colorado, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kentucky. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. Dr. Abraham spends the majority of his clinical time managing heart failure patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Abraham has been recognized as one of the "Best Doctors in America" for eleven consecutives years and has been ranked among the top 10% of physicians nationally in patient satisfaction.
Dr. Abraham's research interests include hemodynamic and neurohormonal mechanisms in heart failure, sleep disordered breathing in heart failure, and clinical drug and device trials in heart failure and cardiac transplantation. Dr. Abraham has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, American College of Cardiology, and Aetna Quality Care Foundation and has participated as a site Principal Investigator in more than 100 multicenter clinical drug and device trials. He has also served as national or international Principal Investigator and on the Executive or Steering Committees of more than 30 multicenter clinical drug and device trials.
Dr. Abraham has authored more than 700 original papers, abstracts, book chapters, and review articles. In 2014, he was named to the Thomas Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list.1 Dr. Abraham has co-authored national heart failure practice guidelines and co-edited a leading textbook on heart failure entitled Heart Failure: A Practical Approach to Treatment. Dr. Abraham serves on the editorial boards of several major journals.
1. Highly Cited Researchers 2014 represents some of world's leading scientific minds. Only 3,000 researchers worldwide earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.
Kirkwood F. Adams, Jr., MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Division of Cardiology, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Dr. Kirkwood F. Adams is Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology in the Division of Cardiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he founded and for many years directed the UNC Heart Failure Program and served as the first transplant cardiologist for two decades, helping to establish this treatment at UNC.
Dr. Adams is currently involved in numerous research activities related to heart failure with particular focus on novel drug development in acute heart failure and translational research concerning the identification and clinical application of cardiovascular biomarkers and pharmacogenomics. Dr. Adams is principal investigator for the US multicenter database, UNITE-HF, which focuses on registries in patients with heart failure. His current research interests are heavily focused on personalized cardiovascular medicine through biomarkers and Omics. He serves on the Executive Committee of the NHLBI sponsored trial GUIDE-IT; studying the use of NT-proBNP to guide therapy for heart failure.
James L. Januzzi, Jr., MD, FACC, FESC
Hutter Family Professor of Medicine in the Field of Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Faculty, Harvard Clinical Research Institute, Boston, MA.
Dr. James Januzzi is currently the Roman W. DeSanctis Endowed Distinguished Clinical Scholar in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Hutter Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also a faculty member at the Harvard Clinical Research Institute.
Dr. Januzzi is a researcher, teacher, and active clinician. Dr. Januzzi has contributed greatly to the understanding of cardiac biomarker testing, where his work with the natriuretic peptides and troponin has set international standards for use in diagnosis, prognosis, and management of patients suffering from acutely decompensated heart failure, chronic heart failure as well as those with acute coronary syndrome. Dr. Januzzi's research group has also pioneered first-in-human analyses of several novel biomarkers, including two with regulatory approval that are also incorporated into clinical practice guidelines (ST2 and Galectin-3). Additionally, he has performed extensive work in studies of biomarkers in acute kidney injury.
Dr. Januzzi has published more than 400 manuscripts, book chapters, and review articles, has edited two text books on cardiac biomarker testing. He is on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals, including current service as an Associate Editor at the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. He was the chairman of the NT-proBNP Consensus Panel, is the lead author of the Heart Failure Section for the Universal Definition of MI Biomarker Task Force, was a section editor and member of the working group for the 2013 ACC/AHA Clinical Practice Guidelines for Heart Failure, and is on the planning committee for the 2015 Heart Failure Society of America meetings. Dr. Januzzi has won numerous awards for teaching, playing an active role for clinical trainees in cardiology and medical house staff at the MGH; additionally, Dr. Januzzi serves as a mentor for cardiology research fellows, directing the Dennis and Marilyn Barry Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research. He is a frequent speaker at scientific meetings on the local, national and international level. He is an active clinician, with a busy consultative cardiology practice, and has been the cardiology consultant to the Boston Red Sox Baseball Club since 2005.
Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology & Population Health and Vice Chief for Academic Affairs, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Dr. Ileana L. Piña received her Doctor of Medicine from University of Miami in 1976, followed by an internal medicine residency (University of South Florida) and cardiology fellowship (University of Miami). Between 1982 and 2006, Dr. Piña served as a director at several institutions, in which she initiated cardiopulmonary testing of heart failure patients and established a cardiac rehabilitation program. From 2006 to 2009 she completed a Quality Fellowship at the Cleveland VA and in 2010, obtained a Masters in Public Health.
Dr. Piña served as principal investigator in multiple heart failure trials, including PRECISE, ELITE and ATLAS, co-investigator for VEST and Val-HeFT, and served on the DSMB of WARCEF. She is a former member of the Heart Failure Society of America Executive Council and former Chair of NHLBI, via the HF-ACTION study and Clinical Trials Committee. A recent recipient of the prestigious AHA Chairman's Award (November 2013), Dr. Piña continues in her efforts to further AHA's strategic goals. She is currently on the Get With the Guidelines and Target HF committees and the Go Red for Women committee (AHA).
In July 2011, Dr. Piña joined Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center as Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology & Population Health, and Vice Chief for Academic Affairs, respectively. Her primary role is to reduce re-admission rates for heart failure patients, as she continues to co-direct the National Heart Failure Training program, a CME activity. To-date, Dr. Piña continues her involvement with the FDA as a consultant for devices.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
AAPA Category I CME credit
AANP CE credit
This CME activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis.
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1Cowie M, Bell D, Butler J, Dargie H, Gray A, McDonagh T, McIntyre H, Squire I, Taylor J, Williams H. Acute heart failure - a call to action. Br J Cardiol 2013;20(2):S1-S11.