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Guideline Updates for Patients with Heart Failure 2017-18

Since the publication of the 2013 ACCF/AHA Heart Failure Guidelines, two new drugs, sacubitril/valsartan and ivabradine, both with novel mechanisms of action, have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The approval of these new drugs spurred the 2016 and 2017 ACC/AHA/HFSA Heart Failure Focused Updates to recommend these medications in contemporary heart failure treatment. The overall objectives of the program are to review the 2016 and 2017 Heart Failure Focused Updates, evaluate the landmark trials that lead to the approval of sacubitril/valsartan and ivabradine, and to incorporate the unique caveats associated with these medications with the fundamental principles of heart failure management recommended in the 2013 guidelines. 

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This CPE activity is delivered in an online format. Participants should have a high-speed internet connection and access to a desktop or laptop computer to successfully complete this CPE activity. The activity is not designed for compatibility with mobile devices.




CE Hours


Activity Type

  • Knowledge

Target Audience(s)

  • Pharmacists


Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
St. Louis College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Requirements for CE Credit

In order to receive credit for this event, participants must:
  1. Register (Payment can only be accepted via credit card for online programs).
  2. Complete the video (embedded within the module, click + while logged in to access).
  3. Complete a post-test.
  4. Complete an online evaluation.
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  • Review recommendations for chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) from the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure.
  • Evaluate the landmark primary literature (PARADIGM-HF and SHIFT) for sacubitril/valsartan and ivabradine.
  • Based on the 2016 and 2017 ACC/AHA/HFSA Heart Failure Focused Updates, recommend appropriate patient populations that would benefit from sacubitril/valsartan and/or Ivabradine.


Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice, St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Activity Number


Release Date: Jun 11, 2018
Credit Expiration Date: Jun 11, 2021

CE Hours