Now in its Fourteenth year, this symposium is respected as a top tier regional heart failure meeting, and is once again endorsed by the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA). Critical updates and thoughtful contemporary reviews delivered by national experts in the field, including recognized Northwestern faculty, have been the hallmark of this program. This year we will once again assemble leading cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses, and psychologists with expertise in heart failure and cardiac surgery to provide updates on the very latest clinical, scientific, genetic, behavioral and technological advances for managing patients with heart failure.

Following the success of last year’s meeting, a moderated poster session for cardiology fellows has now expanded to include cardiovascular nursing and allied health professionals as well. This will serve as a kick off for the 2-day symposium.

Learning Objectives

1. Review pertinent new findings targeting the prevention of heart failure;
2. Describe the evaluation and treatment approach to various cardiomyopathies including those which are heritable;
3. Describe critical concepts related to the management of cardiorenal syndrome;
4. Identify the approaches used in different heart failure syndromes such as preserved ejection fraction, reduced and recovered ejection fraction;
5. Recognize the key diagnostic and treatment nuances associated with restrictive cardiac physiology;
6. Describe the surgical and percutaneous options for patients with heart failure and valvular heart disease;
7. Describe the current state of cardiooncology, especially with respect to the failing heart;
8. Debate the various options for acute mechanical  circulatory support;
9. Summarize the approach to developing a  multidisciplinary heart failure program;
10. Explain the pros and cons to the current heart failure reduction readmission program including potential unintended consequences;
11. Describe special effects of heart failure syndromes on brain behavior and cognition;
12. Explore emerging trends in the digital era including how to leverage these technologies and incorporate them into your heart failure program;
13. Describe the key considerations when managing fluids, electrolytes, and nutrition in the heart failure patient;
14. Explore various surgical and interventional therapies for heart failure; and
15. Describe the controversies and usage of ICDs in patients with heart failure.

Target Audience

This continuing medical education program is designed to meet the educational needs of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, family practice, internal medicine,
hospitalists, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, cardiology and cardiac surgery fellows and residents in training involved in the diagnosis and management of adult patients with heart failure or at risk for heart failure.

Accreditation statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit designation statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim
only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. 



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Registration information


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How to Register
Online –
mail with a check made payable to:
Northwestern University
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Attn Rana Khalifeh
251 E. Huron St.
Galter 3-150
Chicago, IL 60611

For questions regarding registration please email
us at:
Registrations will not be accepted by telephone.

Hotel Information

Rooms have been reserved at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile and will be available for a special symposium rate of $229.00 (single/ double occupancy), plus 17.4% tax. The Hyatt Centric is located at 633 N. St. Clair Street, Chicago, IL.

Please contact the Hyatt directly at (888) 591-1234 or to make your

To receive the reduced room rate, reservations must be made by November 7, 2018, and identify yourself as a registrant of the Northwestern Heart Failure Conference. Reservations made after November 7th are subject to availability at regular hotel rates. The room block may fill prior to the cutoff date, so be sure to make your arrangements early.