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Monday, September 21, 2015
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The Heart Failure Epidemic

Heart failure is a significant public health priority, causing some 300,000 deaths annually in the United States, says Suzanne J. Wingate, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA, Course Director for Athena Forum's Improving Outcomes in Heart Failure Care. "There truly is an epidemic of heart failure, which reaches across the entire continuum of care. We need to mobilize all resources, from prevention to treatment to palliative and hospice care in order to combat this problem," she adds.

Tips from our featured course

Heart Failure: Create Strategies to Prevent HF "Bounce-back"

Working to reduce avoidable re-hospitalizations is one tangible step toward the dramatic improvement over time in:

  • Health care quality
  • The experience of patients and families

In order to prevent patients from bouncing back into the hospital, front-line staff must create robust care coordination strategies across multiple health care settings, as well as the home and the community.

Particularly in chronic long-term conditions such as HF it is critical to include family and caregiver(s) in educational efforts and coordination.

[Improving HF Care, Module B preview, scheduled for Fall publication] www.athenaforum.com

Heart Failure: "You can't just do acute care anymore."

Follow-through across all levels of HF care is imperative. "You can't just do acute care anymore. If a patient presents and gets hospitalized for heart failure, it's not just good enough to get them feeling better and get them home.

It's how we take care of them for that next period of time -- certainly for 30 days, but ideally probably out for six months to a year."

Michael Dickinson, MD
Board Certified in Advanced Heart Failure and
Transplant Cardiology and Internal Medicine

[Improving HF Care, Module C preview, scheduled for Fall publication] www.athenaforum.com

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