When considering which medication to initiate in a patient hospitalized with acutely decompensated heart failure, keep in mind the invasive monitoring (e.g., an arterial line) that may need to occur with certain medications. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to handle patients who are resistant to loop diuretics, how to decrease the afterload and increase the stroke volume with vasodilators, and how positive inotropes can help preserve perfusion to organs like the kidneys.
Do you know what combination of diuretic, ACE inhibitor or ARB, and beta-blocker is best for your patient with heart failure? You will master the appropriate ACC / AHA guideline-directed medical therapy for patients in stage A, B, C, and D heart failure, as well as learn to treat acute decompensations. Confidently assess and manage heart failure patients with this course.
Master the different stages of heart failure, prescribe the appropriate medications, and manage acute decompensations.