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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 (LVAD) 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


No 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 with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 

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 0.75 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. 
For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary. 

Release Date: 12/30/2020 | Last Modified On: 12/7/2022 | Expires: 12/7/2023

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