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Chapter 25. Heart Failure Medication Therapy Management Data Set

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)?

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

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

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

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

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

a. Orthopnea

b. Tachypnea

c. Cough

d. Ascites

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?

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

b. Maintain current cardiovascular status

c. Prevent hospitalization

d. Lower LDL to less than 70 mg/dL

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

a. Difficulty breathing with activity

b. Chest pain when breathing in

c. Rapid breathing

d. A feeling of chest pressure

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?

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

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

c. I should check and record my blood pressure daily

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

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

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