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Optimizing Medical Management of Worsening Heart Failure: Quickfire Case Reviews

  • Authors: Adrian F. Hernandez, MD, MHS; Alanna Morris MD, MSc, FHFSA, FACC, FAHA
  • CME / ABIM MOC Released: 3/24/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 3/24/2023
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  • Credits Available

    Physicians - maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

    ABIM Diplomates - maximum of 0.25 ABIM MOC points

    You Are Eligible For

    • Letter of Completion
    • ABIM MOC points

Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for cardiologists, emergency medicine physicians, primary care physicians, and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with heart failure (HF).

The goal of this activity is that the learner will be better able to discuss the treatment of patients with worsening HF according to recent evidence and clinical practice guidelines.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding
    • The treatment of patients with worsening HF
  • Have greater competence related to
    • Tailoring medical therapy in patients with worsening HF according to recent evidence and clinical practice guidelines


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  • Adrian F. Hernandez, MD, MHS

    Professor of Medicine
    Vice Dean and Executive Director of Duke Clinical Research
    Duke University School of Medicine
    Durham, North Carolina


    Consultant or advisor for: AstraZeneca; Amgen; Bayer; Boehringer Ingelheim; Boston Scientific; Bristol Myers Squib; CSL; Fibrogen; Lilly; Merck; Novartis
    Research funding from: American Regent; Amgen; AstraZeneca; Bayer; Boehringer Ingelheim; Merck; Novartis; Verily
    Contracted researcher for: DSMB member for Intercept and EIDOS

  • Alanna Morris, MD, MSc, FHFSA, FACC, FAHA

    Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
    Director of Heart Failure Research
    Emory University Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute
    Atlanta, Georgia

    ​The opinions expressed are those of Dr Morris and do not necessarily reflect the views of Emory University or Emory Healthcare. Dr Morris’s participation in this activity does not constitute or imply endorsement by Emory University or Emory Healthcare. 


    Consultant or advisor for: Acorai; Cytokinetics
    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: Abbott; Boehringer Ingelheim Lilly; Ionis
    Research funding from: Amgen; Boston Scientific; Eidos; Ionis; Merck; MyoKardia; Novartis; Pfizer
    Stock options from: Gilead Sciences


  • Anne M. Sendaydiego, PharmD

    Medical Education Director, WebMD Global, LLC


    Disclosure: Anne M. Sendaydiego, PharmD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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  • Amanda Jett, PharmD, BCACP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Amanda Jett, PharmD, BCACP, has no relevant financial relationships.

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Optimizing Medical Management of Worsening Heart Failure: Quickfire Case Reviews

Authors: Adrian F. Hernandez, MD, MHS; Alanna Morris MD, MSc, FHFSA, FACC, FAHAFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC Released: 3/24/2022

Valid for credit through: 3/24/2023


Educational Impact Challenge

The goal of this activity is to review the treatment of patients with worsening heart failure (HF) according to recent evidence and clinical practice guidelines.

Before you begin this activity, please assess your clinical knowledge by completing this brief survey. Answering these questions again after the activity will allow you to see what you learned and to compare your answers with those of your peers.