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Current Management of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

The prevalence of heart failure (HF) in the U.S. exceeds six million people. This number will continue to grow with the aging population and increased incidence of risk factors such...
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Course Authors

Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D.

Joel Schilling is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pathology & Immunology, Section of Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation, Division of Cardiology, Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, Missouri.

Within the past 12 months, Dr. Schilling has received grant support from Actelion Pharmaceuticals.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CCME staff, and interMDnet staff have nothing to disclose.

Estimated course time: 1 hour(s).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:

  • List the common presentations of acute decompensated heart failure

  • Select and prescribe appropriate diuretics and vasodilators for patients with decompensated heart failure

  • Discuss the role of ultrafiltration for volume management in acute decompensated heart failure

  • Apply the available options for mechanical support in acute heart failure complicated by cardiogenic shock.



The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsor or its publisher. Please review complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.


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