Certification in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology



    ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 22 /CNW/ -- On Sunday, September 21st, the
American Board of Medical Specialties approved the American Board of Internal
Medicine (ABIM) proposal to establish a secondary subspecialty certification
in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.  This certification will
establish standards for cardiologists with the experience and competencies
necessary to treat patients with advanced or complex presentations of this
syndrome.
    According to the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) there are more
than five million individuals in the United States living with heart failure.
Heart failure is a progressive condition in which the heart muscle becomes
weakened after damage from heart attack or high blood pressure and gradually
loses its ability to pump enough blood to supply the body's needs. Although
the majority of these patients will continue to be treated by primary care
physicians, internists and general cardiologists, there is a growing subset of
patients that requires care by heart failure specialists, due to the
complexity of their condition, particularly with the introduction of devices
and other innovative therapies.
    "This certification will assure excellence in the provision of care to
patients with advanced or complex heart failure," said Dr. Barry H. Greenberg,
HFSA President; and Professor of Medicine and Director, Advanced Heart Failure
Treatment Program, University of California, San Diego.
    The American Board of Internal Medicine is the U.S. board that sets the
standards and certifies the knowledge, skills and attitudes of physicians who
practice in Internal Medicine and its subspecialties. Through ABIM's
certification and maintenance of certification processes, successful
candidates are awarded or maintain Board Certified status.
    "HFSA recognized over three years ago that some physicians were
identifying themselves as heart failure specialists but with no standardized
training requirements," said Dr. Marvin Konstam, former HFSA President and
Professor of Medicine at Tufts University. "This certification of advanced
heart failure specialists and transplant cardiologists will assure that
patients with advanced heart failure receive the best care from individuals
who have been trained and certified to treat this type of patient."
    The Heart Failure Society of America is a nonprofit educational
organization, founded in 1994 as the first organized association of heart
failure experts. HFSA is holding its 12th Annual Scientific Meeting in
Toronto, ON, Canada, September 21-24, 2008.  For more information, please
visit www.hfsa.org.
    Nationally renowned HFSA cardiologists are available for both print and
broadcast interviews.
    
    About Heart Failure
    
    Heart failure is a progressive condition in which the heart muscle
becomes weakened after damage from heart attack or high blood pressure and
gradually loses its ability to pump enough blood to supply the body's needs.
Many people are not aware they have heart failure because the symptoms are
often mistaken for signs of getting older. Heart failure affects from 4.6 to
4.8 million individuals in the United States. Demographic and clinical
evidence strongly suggest the prevalence of heart failure will increase
throughout the next decade. Ten to 15 years ago heart failure was considered a
"death sentence"; however, recent advances in treatment have shown that early
diagnosis and proper care in early stages of the condition are key to slowing,
stopping or in some cases reversing progression, improving quality of life,
and extending life expectancy. For more information on heart failure, please
visit www.abouthf.org.
    
    About the Heart Failure Society of America
    
    The Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) is a nonprofit educational
organization, founded in 1994 as the first organization in the Americas
dedicated to improving clinical outcomes in heart failure patients, through
research advancement, improved clinical practice, and training. Today HFSA has
over 1,700 members and provides a forum for all those interested in heart
function, heart failure research and patient care. The Society also serves as
a resource for governmental agencies (FDA, NIH, NHLBI, CMS), private industry
and health care providers. Additional information on HFSA and Heart Failure
Awareness Week can be found at www.hfsa.org.




For further information:

For further information: Kaitlyn Siner, +1-617-226-7192 office,
+1-401-339-0954 cell, ksiner@bellpottingerusa.com, or Ben Hendricks,
+1-617-226-7183 office, +1-919-522-2978 cell, bhendricks@bellpottingerusa.com,
both for Heart Failure Society of America Web Site: http://www.hfsa.org      
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