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Heart to Heart: Achieving Best Outcomes When Caring For Your African American Patients
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Recorded Webinar Expiration Date: November 2017 1.5 Contact Hours

12/1/2016 to 11/30/2017
When: Wednesday, November 30, 2017
Where: Online Educational Activity
United States
Contact: Jessica Smith

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Recorded Presentation
Expiration Date: November 2017
1.5 Contact Hours

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Heart failure affects approximately 6 million Americans and is the most common diagnosis for hospitalization in patients over 65 years. African Americans are disproportionately affected by heart failure, with a higher prevalence at an early age than whites. Moreover, African Americans with heart failure have higher rates of hospital readmissions and even death when compared to their white counterparts. Health disparities in cardiovascular diseases and care persist and involve social determinants of health and many socioeconomic factors. Health care providers must utilize advances in evidence-based therapeutics and multiple strategies for managing patients with this life threatening illness. Clinicians treating African Americans, and others, must identify and eliminate barriers to attaining treatment goals. By implementing a team approach and a continuum-of-care concept, the individual patient, the heart failure population and healthcare economics will benefit.

1. Identify heart failure (HF) epidemiology and pathophysiology in African Americans (AAs)
2. Describe HF guidelines and evidence-based pharmacotherapy in AAs
3. Review evidence from major clinical outcome trials specific to AAs
4. Recognize how team-based care can be effective in reducing health disparities

Participant must read the information on this page, the accreditation information, complete the activity in its entirety, successfully pass the post-test with a minimal score of 70% and submit an evaluation to be awarded contact hours. Participants who successfully complete this activity in its entirety will be awarded 1.5 contact hours.


Barbara S. Ehrhardt, MSN, RN,AGCNS, CNS 
Deborah Stabell, MS, BSN, RN, SCRN

Planning committee members have no conflicts of interest that relate to this learning activity.

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA, FASH is a consultant for Amgen, Astra Zeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim and Sanofi. He does grant research support for Amgen and Boeringer Ingelheim.

Karol Harshaw-Ellis, MSN, DNP, GNP, A/ACNP is a consultant for Amgen and is a reviewer for Krames Staywell.

This activity is co-provided by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) and intellyst Medical Education.

The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.


Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

This activity is supported by Arbor Pharmaceuticals LLC


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