Advanced Heart Failure Therapies 101

Jessica H. Huston, MD, identifies advanced heart failure patients and explains the decision-making process for candidacy. Dr. Huston also describes the Left Ventricular Assist Device Therapy and the qualifications of transplantation candidacy. 

Educational Objectives 

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Identify appropriate patients for referral to an advanced heart failure cardiologist, and recognize the importance of early referral for better outcomes
  • Recall the decision-making process for advanced therapy candidacy including indications, contraindications, and mode of support, to prepare patients and set expectations at the time of referral for LVAD or transplant evaluation
  • Describe Left Ventricular Assist Device therapy including risks, effect on survival, and quality of life, which will results in improved recognition of how this therapy can benefit patients who are not transplant candidates
  • Explain the basics of transplantation survival, quality of life, and complications in the event, to start the discussion of therapeutic options prior to referral for advanced therapy evaluation


Dr. Huston has reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

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Release Date: 12/30/2020 | Last Modified On: 12/13/2021 | Expires: 12/7/2022



December 30, 2020


December 7, 2022

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