Current Technology to Maximize Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Benefit for Patients With Symptomatic Heart Failure

Author(s): Mary Eng Huntsinger, MSN, ACNP-BC, Roselou Rabara, MSN, ACNP-BC Irene Peralta, RN, BSN, Rahul N. Doshi, MD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Oct 01, 2019

Topics: Cardiovascular

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The incidence of heart failure (HF) continues to increase, affecting millions of people in the United States each year. Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has been used and studied for patients with symptomatic HF for more than 20 years. The purpose of this article is to review technologies and developments to help maximize CRT for patients with symptomatic HF. Although most interventions to optimize CRT are physician directed, nurses also have an important role in the care and education of patients with symptomatic HF and can affect clinical outcomes. Therefore, nurses’ understanding of CRT and measures to maximize this lifesaving therapy is critical in HF management.

Objectives

  • Recognize indications for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).
  • Discern patients at risk for CRT failure.
  • Identify methods to optimize CRT.

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