Pharmacology for Heart Failure

Author(s): Cynthia Webner

Contact Hours 2.50

CERP A 2.50

Pharmacology Hours 2.50

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular, Pharmacology

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $25.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Approximately 6.8 million Americans have heart failure with nearly 1 million new cases identified annually. Heart failure is the primary reason for hospital admission in older adults. In these chronically critically ill patients, pharmacology decision-making is complex and challenging. You will learn initiation, up-titration, monitoring, and contraindications for evidence-based medications for both HFrEF and HFpEF. This session integrates the newest guidelines and expert consensus recommendations from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. APRNs increase their clinical decision-making expertise using complex and challenging case studies.


  • Review safe prescribing and monitoring for medications used in heart failure with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction.
  • Discuss strategies for diuretic use to achieve and maintain euvolemia.
  • Contrast pharmacological therapy for heart failure with reduced ejection with therapy for preserved ejection fraction.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 2.50 contact hours.

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