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Treatment for the troubled heart

CHOJNOWSKI, DONNA RN, CRNP, MSN

doi: 10.1097/01.NME.0000278471.47648.24
Feature: CE 2.0 ANCC/AACN CONTACT HOURS

About 5 million Americans have heart failure, with more than half a million new cases identified each year. And heart failure will only become more prevalent as the number of older Americans increases. We'll fill you in on the latest staging system so you'll know how to recognize patients with this disorder and help delay its progression.

As the number of older Americans increases, the prevalence of heart failure is sure to increase as well. We'll fill you in on the practice guidelines for treating this disorder, with a focus on delaying disease progression and what to teach your patient about living with heart failure.

Heart Failure and Transplant Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Manager, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with or financial interest in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.

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