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HFSA Virtual Heart Failure Patient and Caregiver Day 2022

February 12, 2022 - February 12, 2022 | Virtual


If you missed HFSA's Heart Failure Patient and Caregiver Day 2022, or if you would like to re-watch presentations you loved, all session recordings are now available OnDemand at no cost! This interactive virtual event was held on February 12, 2022 to kick off Heart Failure Awareness Week.

Program Agenda*

All sessions are listed in Eastern Time.

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Introductions

Kathleen Faulkenberg, PharmD, BCPS, FHFSA, Chair, HFSA Patient Committee
Mark Drazner, MD, MSc, FHFSA, HFSA President

Brittany Clayborne, PsyD - HFSA Patient Committee
Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), U.S. Senator – Co-Chair, Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Newly Diagnosed:  Resources and Support for Patients and Caregivers

John Barnes, CEO, HFSA
Michael Petty, RN, PhD, ACNS-CNS, CCNS, FHFSA
Gaurang Vaidya, MD, FACC

The session will provide information for patients newly diagnosed with heart failure and their caregivers, including a review of available resources, including where to find support from your providers and patient/provider organizations.

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Next Steps:  Exploring Medication, Devices, and Advanced Therapies
Rayan Yousefzai, MD, FACC
Amrut V. Ambardekar, MD, FHFSA
Robert L. Page II, PharmD, MSPH, BCPS (AQ-Cards), BCGP, FCCP, FASHP, FAHA, FHFSA 

The session will review various heart failure treatments, including medications, heart pumps, and heart transplantation.

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Exploring Clinical Research:  Advocating for Yourself or Others
Michelle Weaver, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CHFN
Rhonda Monroe, MBA


The session will discuss what advocacy is and why it is important for patients exploring clinical trial enrollment. Also, information will be shared regarding where to find clinical trials and how caregivers and loved ones can be supportive.

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Exercise Demonstration Break
Sabina Miller, MS, ACSM CEP

Take a break during the virtual meeting and get up and moving with a brief exercise demonstration. Learn ways to simultaneously strengthen the body and heart which can help a patient recover more quickly from a cardiac event and help prevent future events.

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Sound Body, Sound Mind:  Managing Diet, Exercise, and Mental Health
Richard Collins, MD, FACC
Susan Buckley, RDN, CLT
Paula McDermott, MS, APRN, CCNS-BC, CHFN, AACC
Sabina Miller, MS, ACSM CEP


The session will explore the effect of diet and exercise on heart health, as well as the mind-body connection and how to recognize signs of depression and know when to talk with a health professional. A common screening tool will be shared with participants to help monitor mental health.

12:30 pm - 01:00 pm

Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration

Richard Collins, MD, the “Cooking Cardiologist” 
Susan Buckley, RDN, CLT


Dr. Richard Collins, the ‘cooking cardiologist,’ will demonstrate that heart healthy food is not boring and bland. He will share recipes and cooking techniques with attendees, including quick and easy Maple Spiced Salmon, Guiltless Potato Chips, and Chocolate Blueberry Almond Clusters. The first 150 households registering for the event will receive a grocery tote with salt-free spice samples, recipes, and parchment pouches for cooking.

01:00 pm - 01:15 pm

Closing Remarks
Kathleen Faulkenberg, PharmD, BCPS, FHFSA

01:15 pm - 02:15 pm

Visit Sponsor and Participating Patient and Provider Group Resource Pages
Attendees are encouraged to visit resource pages on the event site for more information on living with heart failure.