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Monday, September 28, 2015
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AF Delivers on CMs Request for More Ed on HF Care

This fall, CMS will penalize hospitals for having too many readmissions within 30 days of discharge. Clearly, there is a strong need for a new course on the management of Heart Failure. This chronic condition results from an inability of the heart to fill with or eject blood due to structural or functional cardiac conditions. About half of all HF patients die within five years of being diagnosed and over 60% of patients die within 10 years of the onset of symptoms.

The AF Heart Failure course is being launched in response to requests from case managers and social workers, explained Athena Forum Publisher Tom Rasmussen. "We know from research we've done that case managers and social workers want more education about how they can deliver appropriate and timely care to HF patients," he said.

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Heart Failure: Most Often the LV is Involved

Although HF can occur suddenly, it is most often a chronic condition which develops over time as the heart's function deteriorates. HF is typically the end stage of most cardiac disease(s).

HF may be due to dysfunction of the left ventricle (LV), the right ventricle (RV), or both ventricles.

Most often the LV is involved. When it cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood into the systemic circulation, back-up occurs behind the LV and fluid often accumulates in the lungs, causing the patient to be short of breath.

The decreased blood flow may also cause a lack of oxygen and nutrition to vital organs such as the kidneys or liver which may damage them.

[Improving HF Care, Module A preview, Pathophysiology] www.athenaforum.com

Heart Failure: Aligning Body and Mind for Behavior Change

Words have been left behind in the rush to master chemistry. Emotions have been minimized in a reductionist effort to understand cells and genes. This is changing with a focus now shifting to a holistic approach which incorporates the entire spectrum of care.

Verbal and communication skills are part of professional education and standards for CMs, chaplains, social workers and clinical psychologists. As such, they can act as resources for other team members.

Cardiology advanced practice nurses (APNs) also play a crucial, complementary role within the team in improving communication about HF self-care with patients and families.

HF patients vary considerably in their self-care management behaviors. There is established fact that behavior change and disease management adherence do not occur easily or in the majority of HF patients.

[Improving HF Care, Module F preview, Self-Care Strategies] www.athenaforum.com

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