Heart Failure > Overview
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This module explains what heart failure is, how it occurs, what the clinical signs and symptoms are, and what the current treatment modalities are. You will also be introduced to cardiomyopathy, its causes and its relationship to heart failure.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Define Heart Failure
  • List the precipitating causes of heart failure
  • Identify the population at risk for heart failure
  • Classify heart failure six ways
  • Understand the difference between left and right heart failure
  • State the signs and symptoms of left and right heart failure
  • Understand the pathophysiology and hemodynamic consequences of heart failure
  • Describe compensatory mechanisms for heart failure
  • Understand the pathophysiology of cardiogenic shock
  • List the diagnostic tools for heart failure
  • Identify the goals and approach to treatment for heart failure
  • State the nursing interventions for the management of heart failure
  • Define Cardiomyopathy
  • Understand the causes of cardiomyopathy
  • Describe the different types of cardiomyopathy
  • List the tools used for diagnosing cardiomyopathy
  • Discuss the prevention and treatment of cardiomyopathy
  • Understand the concept of cardiomyopathy as it relates to heart failure


Click here to view the references used in the cardiac alterations modules.
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