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ACC's Guideline-Driven Heart Failure Essentials for Primary Care Physicians Program
Efforts to prevent and manage heart failure as a worldwide epidemic have received significant attention given the high burden of the disease, poor long-term prognosis, and costs. In Latin America, primary physicians (PCPs) serve on the frontline for heart failure treatment, especially in countries with limited numbers of cardiologists. PCPs have an urgent need for pragmatic approaches to guideline-driven recommendations from initial assessment and diagnosis to patient care management, as well as up-to-date information on special areas of consideration for patients with heart failure.

  • Target Audience: This program recognizes earners who have demonstrated a fundamental understanding heart failure caring including guideline-driven treatment and management strategies. This program is intended for the PCPs caring for patients in Latin America.
  • Program Topics: The ACC’s Guideline-Driven Heart Failure Essentials for Primary Care Physicians Program is an online learning experience comprised of three mini courses that will allow PCPs in Latin America the opportunity to increase practical knowledge and gain valuable skills in the assessment, diagnosis, guideline-driven medical therapy, and special considerations such as acute care needs of the heart failure patient.

Mini Course 1:
Assessment and Diagnosis of Heart Failure for the Primary Care Physician
  • Pathophysiology of HFpEF vs. HFrEF
  • Comorbidities in Heart Failure
  • History and Physical Exam
  • Diagnostic Findings
  • Staging, Classification, and Prognosis
Gurusher S. Panjrath, MBBS, FACC
Javier A. Sala Mercado, MD, PhD
Felix Zelaya, MD

Peer Reviewer
Juan M. Aranda, Jr., MD, FACC

The faculty would like to acknowledge the contributions of Eduardo C. Conci, MD; Walter A. Quiroga Castro, MD; Maria Amelia Isa, MD, and Mauro Quiroga, DSc (MED), to early drafts of Modules 4 and 5.

Mini Course 2: Chronic Heart Failure Management for the PCP
  • Guideline-Driven Recommendations for Optimal Medical Therapy/Up-Titration Strategies in CHF
  • Non-Pharmacologic Strategies including Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
  • Phenotype Specific HFpEF Treatment Options
  • New Treatment Agents, Impact on Congestive Heart Failure Patient Outcomes, Hospital Care, Reducing Readmissions
  • End-Stage Heart Failure:  A Path to Quality Care at the End of Life

Juan M. Aranda, Jr., MD, FACC

Juan R. Vilaro, MD, FACC

Peer Reviewer 
Elsy Viviana Navas, MD

Mini Course 3:
Special Considerations in Heart Failure for the PCP
  • Recognize the impact of Chagas disease in Latin America.
  • Differentiate Chagas disease from other cardiomyopathies.
  • Utilize appropriate treatment strategies for infective cardiomyopathies, such as Chagas disease.
  • Identify initial assessment, diagnosis and management strategies for the acute heart failure patient.  

Gurusher S. Panjrath, MBBS, FACC
Miguel A. Urina-Triana, MD, FACC

Peer Reviewer
Salpy V. Pamboukian, MD, FACC

Learner Recognition: Participants who complete all three mini courses and the final exam with a 70% passing score will be eligible to receive an ACC Digital Badge that may be used on social media, incorporated in a résumé, or printed on a traditional certificate. Individuals are also able to claim a Certificate of Participation (COP) for each individual mini course completed. COP will be available via the transcript.

This activity is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Novartis Pharma AG.

Availability: Retired
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
Contains: 4 Courses
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