Now in its 15th 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. Recognize the important role of biomarkers in the evaluation and management of heart failure and describe new potential strategies in their utilization to improve patient outcomes

  4. Identify the key differences and approaches used in managing different heart failure syndromes including those with preserved, reduced, and recovered ejection fraction

  5. Describe the current state of genetics and genetic testing in the evaluation of the heart failure patient with dilated cardiomyopathy

  6. Summarize the state of advanced heart failure including the evolution of mechanical support devices for the treatment of end stage heart failure

  7. Describe the current state of cardiac amyloidosis with an emphasis on emerging, novel therapeutic agents

  8. Describe the current state of pulmonary hypertension treatments including the emergence of percutaneous, interventional treatment strategies

  9. Identify the approach to developing a multidisciplinary heart failure program with am emphasis on optimizing transitions of care and reducing hospital readmissions

  10. Explain the pros and cons to the current heart failure reduction readmission program including potential unintended consequences

  11. Describe the important considerations of caring for special patient populations including the elderly when considering surgical heart failure treatment options role of the caregiver in the management of the heart failure patient including how to ensure that caregiver health and quality of life is not compromised

  12. Summarize the role of a palliative care team in the care of heart failure with an emphasis on earlier implementation

  13. Explore the various surgical and interventional therapies for heart failure including in those with valvular heart disease and cardiogenic shock

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 10.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Hotel Information

The group rate for Radisson Blu Aqua, Chicago is $139. Please click on the link below to book your hotel at the group rate.

Booking Link: Annual Heart Failure Holiday Symposium- Radisson Blu Aqua, Chicago

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