Research DIMENSIONA Retrospective Pilot Study Management of Patients With Heart FailureAncheta, Irma B. PhD(c), RNAuthor Information Irma B. Ancheta, PhD(c), RN, currently teaches at the University of Phoenix for both undergraduate and graduate nursing levels. She is currently working on completing her dissertation, "Correlation of b-type natriuretic peptide levels and hospital length of stay and quality of life in congestive heart failure patients" at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. The author's expertise is in the area of cardiovascular nursing, specifically in the area of heart failure. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Irma B. Ancheta, PhD(c), RN, University of Phoenix at Jacksonville, 4500 Salisbury Road, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32216 ([email protected] or [email protected]). Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: September 2006 - Volume 25 - Issue 5 - p 228-233 Buy AbstractIn Brief An epidemic disease-a major cause of chronic disability-congestive heart failure adversely affects the health of millions. Congestive heart failure is the most frequent cause of cardiovascular hospital admissions and shares a significant responsibility for the high cost of healthcare. Despite medical and technological advances, studies show that the treatment of heart failure is suboptimal. Physician knowledge and awareness of appropriate treatment may contribute to patient compliance and improve delivery of healthcare. The purpose of this article is to examine how patients with heart failure in a heart failure clinic are managed. Recommendations are proposed and the role of nurses and clinicians in heart failure management is discussed. This article describes a retrospective pilot study that examines how heart failure patients are managed and proposes recommendations that may be useful for other health care practices. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.