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Individualizing Heart Failure Treatment

Recognizing and Managing Heart Failure in Primary Care
1 AANP Contact Hours 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Launch Date:
October 19, 2016
Expiration Date:
The accreditation for this activity has expired.

Primary Audience:

Primary Care MD/DO and NPs/PAs and other clinicians managing patients with Heart Failure

Relevant Terms:

Heart failure; racial disparities; heart rate; biomarkers

Barbara A. Hutchinson, MD, PhD, FACC

Barbara A. Hutchinson, MD, PhD, FACC
Managing Partner
Chespeake Cardiac Care
Annapolis, MD

Dr. Hutchinson is the managing partner of Chesapeake Cardiac Care, P.A., a cardiology practice located in Annapolis, Maryland. She is board certified in both cardiovascular disease and sleep medicine.  Patients from all over the world seek her out, and she is a noted speaker on heart disease in women and how sleep affects heart health. Dr. Hutchinson is also an instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.   
Dr. Hutchinson is currently President of the Association of Black Cardiologists, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC). Additionally, Dr. Hutchinson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Caribbean American Heritage Award, Innovator of the Year, Enterprising Woman of the Year, Impact Award, and Brava Award.

Anekwe Onwuanyi, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP, FHFSA

Anekwe Onwuanyi, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP, FHFSA
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Cardiology
Morehouse School of Medicine
Medical Director, Heart Failure Program
Grady Health System
Atlanta, GA

Anekwe E. Onwuanyi is currently Professor of Medicine and serves as Chief of Cardiology at Morehouse School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Heart Failure Program at Grady Memorial Hospital.  He is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.  He is a consultant cardiologist at Grady Memorial Hospital, Wellstar Main and South Atlanta Medical Center and Emory Midtown Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.  Prior to joining Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Onwuanyi held faculty appointments as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. 
In addition to his clinical activities and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Onwuanyi research interest includes heart failure, hypertension, coronary artery disease and evaluation of disparities in cardiovascular disease outcomes in the USA. He has participated as site Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator for several National Institute of Health supported research in the area of hypertension, congestive heart failure and atherosclerosis.  Dr. Onwuanyi has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals.
1. Know the risk factors for heart failure and the role of biomarkers in diagnosis and treatment
2. Recognize the importance of heart rate in cardiovascular risk of heart failure
3. Utilize the most recent clinical evidence to inform decisions for the management of heart failure
4. Identify approaches to facilitate early recognition and optimization of heart failure management

Planning Committee
Gregg Sherman, MD
National Association for Continuing Education
Plantation, FL
Harvey C. Parker, Ph.D., CCMEP
National Association for Continuing Education
Plantation, FL
Joshua Kilbridge, President
Kilbridge Associates
San Francisco, CA
Heart failure (HF) is a growing problem in the United States, affecting an estimated 5.1 million Americans ≥20 years of age. The disease is a cause for even greater concern among African Americans, in whom the relative incidence is 50% higher compared with the general population. Despite the availability of various treatment options, HF care is suboptimal in clinical practice. Provider barriers include knowledge barriers, diagnostic challenges, pharmacological concerns, communication issues, and personal factors. Early detection of HF can improve outcomes, but the symptoms and signs of HF are often difficult to identify because they are frequently confused with other disorders or are attributed to aging, obesity, or lack of conditioning. As a result, HF is misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed. HF patients may not receive any intervention or may be undertreated, resulting in a very small number of patients reaching goals and recommended levels of therapy with standard treatments including beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, and diuretics.
After many years, new treatment options are available with novel mechanisms of action that can improve outcomes when added to optimized, guideline directed medical therapy. This program will raise awareness of risk factors for heart failure and the role of biomarkers, clarify the role that heart rate has in heart failure risk, help participants understand the indications for new therapies and demonstrate how to appropriately incorporate them into clinical practice.
This activity utilizes a flipped classroom design that begins with a foundational self-study followed by an online live webinar, which will be available on-demand after the live event, where all participants will have the opportunity to interact with the faculty and other learners.
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Barbara Hutchinson, MD, PhD, FACC has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report. 
Anekwe Onwuanyi, MD serves as a speaker for Novartis.
Planning Committee
Gregg Sherman, MD has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report. 
Harvey Parker, PhD has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report. 
Joshua Kilbridge has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report. 
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The Association of Black Cardiologists designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The National Association for Continuing Education has approved this program for 1.0 contact hour of continuing education (which includes 0.25 hours of pharmacology).
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This activity is supported by educational funding provided by Amgen.
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