Pharmacological Treatment of Heart Failure

About the Course:
This course serves to review both acute and chronic heart failure, including the risk factors for developing heart failure, signs and symptoms, and tests used in diagnosis of heart failure. In addition, common medications used to treat both acute and chronic heart failure are reviewed, as well as current guidelines for the treatment of chronic heart failure.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the causes of and risk factors for heart failure. 
  • Describe the signs and symptoms, classification levels, and tests used to diagnose heart failure.
  • Explain comorbidities that can affect the development of heart failure. 
  • Discuss the treatment of chronic heart failure with pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.
  • Differentiate between the different classes of medications used in the treatment of chronic heart failure.
  • Summarize the treatment guidelines for the treatment of chronic heart failure.
  • Describe the different types of acute decompensated heart failure.
  • Discuss the medications used in the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure. 
About the Author
Katie Ingersoll-Blair, Pharm.D., R.Ph. is a pharmacist and freelance writer specializing in pharmacy education. She works as a consultant pharmacist in Vancouver, Washington, serving long-term care facilities in the area. Katie also has over six years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2009 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Katie has done freelance work writing and revising continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses, as well as writing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the Self-Assessment Quiz Questions either integrated throughout or all at the end of the course. These questions are NOT GRADED. The questions are included to help affirm what you have learned from the course. The correct answer is shown after the question is answered. If the incorrect answer is selected, a Rationale for the correct answer is provided.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required.
  • Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Nursing Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion

Activity Type - Knowledge-based

Target Audience - Pharmacists, Pharmacists Technicians


Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition
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Course Verification
All individuals involved have disclosed that they have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course. Likewise, and in compliance with California Assembly Bill No. 241, every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the content in this course is balanced and unbiased.

Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. (Provider #0607).