Managing Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Maria L. Held, MSN, CNS, and Marjorie Sturtz, MSN, CNP



Approximately 5 million Americans have heart failure (HF) and at least 550,000 more are newly diagnosed each year. HF is the most common Medicare diagnosis-related group. In 2006, direct costs associated with the condition reached nearly $30 billion.

Purpose/Goal: To provide nurses with information that helps them provide better care for patients with acute decompensated heart failure.


1. State the pathophysiology of acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF).
2. Recall how to assess a patient with ADHF.
3. Describe the medical/surgical management of patients with ADHF.
4. Discuss the nursing care of patients with ADHF.


Both authors work at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Maria L. Held is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Marjorie Sturtz is a Certified Nurse Practitioner.

The planners and authors of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.8

Expiration Date: 3/31/2014

Pharmacology Hours: 0.5


Member Price: $15.00
Non-Member Price: $20.00

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