Heart Failure and Nutrition - RD200

Heart Failure and Nutrition

by Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, LDN
(4.7 / 51 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (9.00 CPEU)

Price: $119.00
CE-PRO Price: $59.50


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.


The goal of this program is to understand the multi-faceted components of nutrition assessment patients with heart failure (HF) and how to develop a nutrition plan to improve outcomes. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • 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
  • 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
  • Discuss nutrient-drug interactions between warfarin and vitamin K and how to prevent complications
  • Explain cardiac cachexia and how it impacts patient outcomes
  • Determine the appropriate protein and calorie needs of a patient with HF based on the stage of the disease and other comorbidities
  • Discuss the nutrition management of HF, including the following nutrients: fluid, sodium, fats, omega-3 fats, magnesium, thiamine, B-12, folate, and iron
  • Compare the recommended nutrition interventions for the various stages of HF
  • 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
  • Evaluate how the CMS payment system for HF impacts the dietitian
  • Analyze the handling of patients with HF in your institution and determine how to improve systems and outcomes

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
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.  This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3020, 5160, 5260, 5410 and performance indicators of 4.1.2, 10.1.1, 10.2.5, 10.4.3.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 9/6/2017
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/15/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/31/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Sandra F - Springfield, MA  ·  Aug 18, 2019
Helped me to better understand the dynamics of HF and treatments.
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Kari H - Columbus, NE  ·  Aug 05, 2019
Very Informative coarse, and I would recommend to others.
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TREESA K - Loganville, GA  ·  Jul 17, 2019
very informative course,useful.
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Jose David H - Danbury, CT  ·  Jun 29, 2019
Great course and review about heart failure and nutrition
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Linda B - woodlands, TX  ·  Jun 15, 2019
learned alot, lots of information
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Price: $119.00
CE-PRO Price: $59.50