Heart Failure and Nutrition

by Instructor: Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, LDN


i 9.00 CEH

Course Overview

What happens when the heart fails to work as a pump? The heart beats 100,000 times a day, pumping about 7,571 liters of blood that carries oxygen, nutrients, and other cells that support life. Nutritional status plays a critical role in the outcomes of patients with heart failure. This course provides evidence-based best practice recommendations for the medical and nutritional treatment of HF. RDNs can contribute to quality care and reduce costs by defining and measuring their role in reducing hospital admissions and readmissions of HF. To do that, RDNs need to be involved in hospital-wide policies that influence assessment parameters and treatment plans and to formally monitor patient response to nutrition interventions.

About the Course Author

Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, FAND, is a lecturer in the department of nutrition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an instructor for the University of Phoenix College of Nursing and Health Care program, and the assistant chief for nutrition and food services for the Southern Nevada Veterans Administration Healthcare System. Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, LDN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    Relias LLC is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials. CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 9.0 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this activity/material.

    Activity Number: 144473 Learning Need Code(s): 3020, 5160, 5260, 5410 CPE Level: Level II

    Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR; QualityCPE@eatright.org, or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

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  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition accepts medical errors courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. Relias Learning, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, provider # 50-290. This course is approved for 9.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Analyze the handling of patients with HF in your institution and determine how to improve systems and outcomes; Compare the recommended nutrition interventions for the various stages of HF; Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the heart by explaining the various elements and functions of each component; Describe cardiovascular disease and what occurs in HF; Determine the appropriate protein and calorie needs of a patient with HF based on the stage of the disease and other comorbidities; Discuss nutrient-drug interactions between warfarin and vitamin K and how to prevent complications; Discuss the nutrition management of HF, including the following nutrients: fluid, sodium, fats, omega-3 fats, magnesium, thiamine, B-12, folate, and iron; Evaluate how the CMS payment system for HF impacts the dietitian; Evaluate the pros and cons of supplementation with CoQ10, omega-3 fatty acids, and herbal supplements for patients with HF; Examine the role of lifestyle choices in the management of HF; Explain cardiac cachexia and how it impacts patient outcomes; Explain the various stages of HF and discuss the treatments recommended for each stage; Review the medications used to manage HF, including their mechanism of action: ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, anticoagulants, and others
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Level II level Dietitians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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