2021 | HFSA

New Episode of the Heart Failure Beat Explores Marijuana Usage & Impact on Heart Failure and Heart Transplant

HFSA News Journal of Cardiac Failure

On this episode, host Dr. Kevin Shah discusses with three expert clinicians (Dr. Eileen Hsich, Dr. Ersilia DeFilippis, & Dr. Kathleen Faulkenberg) the impact of marijuana use for our patients being considered or who have undergone heart transplantation. The discussants review the evolving literature and changing landscape of recreational as well as medicinal marijuana and the potential impact on drug interactions, adherence, and outcomes after heart transplantation.


  • Dr. Eileen Hsich, Heart Transplant Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio @Dr_Eileen_Hsich 
  • Dr. Kathleen Faulkenberg, Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist Coordinator, University of Kentucky HealthCare @kdfaulkenberg
  • Dr. Ersilia M. DeFilippis, Cardiology Fellow, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, in New York, New York @ersied727 


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