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AACN Advanced Critical Care:
doi: 10.1097/NCI.0000000000000018
Symposium Guidelines Review and Update

Comprehensive Guideline for Care of Patients With Heart Failure

Buonocore, Denise MSN, ACNPC, CCRN; Wallace, Elizabeth MSN, FNP-BC

Section Editor(s): Rauen, Carol A. RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, CEN, RN-BC; Symposium Editor

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Heart failure (HF) is a complex clinical syndrome that results from any structural or functional impairment of ventricular filling or ejection of blood. More than 5.1 million people are living with HF in the United States today. This number will continue to rise with the increase in the aging population. With so many people living with HF, nurses need to be well versed on how best to care for them. The 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association guideline for the management of HF is a comprehensive guide for all clinicians caring for patients with HF. The updated guideline was developed to assist providers in decision making in the diagnosis and treatment of HF. The goals of the writing committee were to improve quality of care for patients with HF, optimize their outcomes, and improve the efficient use of various resources in the treatment of patients with HF.

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