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Chapter 25. Heart Failure Medication Therapy Management Data Set

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Heart failure (HF) is defined as a clinical syndrome with signs and symptoms precipitated by abnormal function or structure of the heart. What is the definition of HF with reduced ejection fraction (EF)?

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a. Signs/symptoms of HF with an EF greater than 40%

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b. Signs/symptoms of HF with an EF less than or equal to 40%

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c. Signs/symptoms of right-sided HF with an EF less than or equal to 40%

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d. Signs/symptoms of right-sided HF with an EF greater than 40%

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Symptoms of HF may be left-sided or right-sided. All of the following are left-sided symptoms of HF EXCEPT:

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a. Orthopnea

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b. Tachypnea

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c. Cough

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d. Ascites

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When a diagnosis of HF is made, treatment depends on etiology, disease severity, and type of HF. Which of the following is an important treatment goal in the management of HF?

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a. Decrease blood pressure to less than 140/90 mm Hg

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b. Maintain current cardiovascular status

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c. Prevent hospitalization

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d. Lower LDL to less than 70 mg/dL

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It is important to use living room language when talking to a patient about HF. What is appropriate living room language to describe dyspnea?

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a. Difficulty breathing with activity

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b. Chest pain when breathing in

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c. Rapid breathing

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d. A feeling of chest pressure

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A 65-year-old male is newly diagnosed with HF with reduced EF. His cardiologist prescribes metoprolol succinate 12.5 mg once daily. What is an appropriate step to include in the MAP?

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a. At this stage, I do not have to monitor sodium intake

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b. I should check and record my blood sugar 3 times per week

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c. I should check and record my blood pressure daily

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d. I should get blood drawn 1 month after starting this medication

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When is it appropriate to refer a patient with HF to seek medical ...

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