Discussion Panel Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH (Moderator) Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology and Population Health Albert Einstein College of Medicine Associate Chief of Academic Affairs Division of Cardiology Staff Heart Failure/Transplant Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, NY
Alan B. Storrow, MD Vice Chairman for Research and Academic Affairs Department of Emergency Medicine Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
John J. Russell, MD Director of Family Medicine Residency Abington Memorial Hospital Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine Temple University School of Medicine Philadelphia, PA
CCME Reviewer Daniel B. Sims, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Cardiology Director, Moses Cardiac Care Unit Center for Advanced Cardiac Therapy Montefiore Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM Medium
AHF represents a distinct challenge to clinicians. Diagnosis of AHF is often delayed because of the complex characteristics of the condition. The heterogeneous nature of AHF patients and the presence of comorbid conditions can make it difficult for clinicians to recognize the signs of AHF and provide optimal treatment. A paucity of data on AHF and a lack of agreement as to the parameters of the disease state exacerbate this challenge. Mortality and readmission rates for patients with AHF remain high because hospital clinicians do not consistently adhere to guidelines for AHF management, discharge support, and education. This roundtable discussion will outline strategies for optimal diagnosis and management of this disease.
This activity is jointly provided by Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, and MCM Education.
This educational activity is intended for cardiologists, hospitalists, emergency medicine and primary care clinicians and other healthcare providers involved in the treatment and management of patients with acute heart failure (AHF).
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Discuss the heterogeneous nature of AHF presentation and patient characteristics.
Describe the various comorbid conditions that can be found in patients with AHF.
Summarize the guideline recommendations for treatment of AHF.
Discuss areas of AHF research in which additional trials and data are warranted.
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The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (Einstein) also require that faculty participating in any CME activity and anyone in a position to influence content disclose to the audience when discussing any unlabeled or investigational use of any commercial product, or device, not yet approved for use in the United States.
Contributors whose COIs are irresolvable are not permitted to participate in Einstein CME activities.
Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, has no financial conflicts to disclose.
Alan B. Storrow, MD, discloses that he has served as a consultant for the following: Beckman Coulter, Novartis, Alere Diagnostics, Trevena.
John J. Russell, MD, discloses that he has served on the speakers bureau for SanofiPasteur and as a consultant for Takeda and Valeant Pharmaceuticals.
The staff of CCME of Albert Einstein College of Medicine have no disclosures to report with any commercial interests relative to this CME activity.
Daniel B. Sims, MD, has no financial conflicts to disclose.
Lily McVey (MCM Education, medical writer) has no financial conflicts to disclose.
Kathleen Hines (MCM Education, editorial director) has no financial conflicts to disclose. Credit Statements
ACCME ACCREDITATION STATEMENT: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through joint providership of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Montefiore Medical Center, and MCM Education. Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
ACCME CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Supported by an independent educational grant from Novartis.
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