New Horizons: Effective Management of Acute Heart Failure

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.

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Release date: March 19, 2015

Valid through: March 19, 2016

Specialty: Cardiology

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 45 minutes per activity for a total of 2.25 hours.

Target Audience

This program is designed for emergency department physicians and residents, hospitalists and cardiologists involved in the care of patients with acute heart failure.

Program Overview

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

For Dr. Abraham's biography, click here


Kirkwood F. Adams, Jr., MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Division of Cardiology, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

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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.

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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

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
AAPA Category I CME credit
AANP CE credit

Commercial Support

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.