Diagnosing and Classifying Heart Failure in Primary Care

Heart failure is common in the United States, affecting about 6.5 million adults. Although nearly 1 million new cases are diagnosed annually, delays in diagnosis are frequent. Patients who are at risk for heart failure do not often receive appropriate recommended testing. And when diagnosed, heart failure is often misclassified or not classified, which can lead to mismanagement. This activity will examine considerations for diagnosis and classification of heart failure in the primary care setting.
Educational Partner: MCM Education
Medium: Online Presentation
Commercial Support: This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Target Audience

This activity has been designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals in primary care/internal medicine.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize patients who have risk factors for HF.
  • Integrate testing into the decision-making process to diagnose chronic HF and acute HF.
  • Summarize ACC/AHA and NYHA HF classification criteria.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Medical Knowledge
Systems-based Practice
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Participation
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
  Stuart D. Russell, MD
  Professor of Medicine
  Duke University School of Medicine
  Regional Director of Heart Failure
  Duke University Medical Center
  Durham, NC
  John J. Russell, MD
  Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine
  Thomas Jefferson University
  Sydney Kimmel College of Medicine
  Program Director
  Family Medicine Residency Abington-Jefferson Health
                            Philadelphia, PA

Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Physician Credit
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and MCM Education. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professions Credit
Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
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