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The Kaufman Center for Heart Failure at Cleveland Clinic and The American Association for Thoracic Surgery have collaborated once again to present an educational event for all healthcare providers who care for patients with heart failure; 21st Century Treatment of Heart Failure: Synchronizing Surgical and Medical Therapies for Better Outcomes. Heart failure is not only a growing and costly problem but one that is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The increasing prevalence of heart failure is due to the aging population as well as the marked increase in survival of patients who suffered from myocardial infarction and valvular disease.  

The current state of management, however, is far from optimal. Moreover, the therapeutic armamentarium has remained stagnant since the introduction of resynchronization devices, with no new therapies in development. Given the undertreatment of heart failure and the lack of new therapies, the focus of management has shifted to optimizing existing medical and device therapies, including long term mechanical circulatory support.

Now in its 15th year, this Summit will feature a faculty of world renowned cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons who will offer a clinically relevant review and discussion of current and future therapies for managing heart failure.


Target Audience

This program is intended for cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, internists, nurses, physician assistants, perfusionists, and researchers involved in the management of patients with heart failure.



As a result of attending this Summit, the participant will be able to do the following:

  • Successfully treat patients with acute and chronic heart failure
  • Use new insights in managing patients on long term LVAD support
  • Employ recent knowledge of managing comorbidities in heart failure patients
  • Successfully manage arrhythmias in heart failure patients
  • Discuss management and decision making in the setting of acute decompensated heart failure 
  • Evaluate the current role of heart transplantation in the contemporary era

Topics will include

  • The Growing Role of Devices in Heart Failure Management — ICD, CRT, and Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Management of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation
  • The LVAD as Destination Therapy: State of the Art and Beyond
  • Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions: Does Telemonitoring and the Use of Implanted Devices Improve Outcomes
  • Management and Decision Making in the Setting of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
  • Challenges in MCS Patient Selection
  • Long Term Management of the Patient on MCS: Reducing Readmissions, Infections, and Pump Thrombosis
  • Ethics, Economics, and Resource Allocation in Heart Failure
  • Shared Decision Making in Therapies for Advanced Heart Failure
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