Heart Failure Beat Podcast: Provider Series

This original HFSA podcast series brings you monthly interviews with authors from the Journal of Cardiac Failure, interviewed by Editor-in-Chief Paul J. Hauptman, M.D.

Each month, join the Heart Failure Society of America as we interview the top heart failure clinicians on the latest breakthroughs in the heart failure research and practice. If you’re a cardiology clinician, fellow, person living with heart failure, or just plain interested in hearing late-breaking heart failure news from leading specialists, this is the podcast for you. Listen and subscribe below. 



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Listening to Classical Music May Help Patients with Heart Failure: Insights from a New Study and Soprano Renée Fleming

On this episode of the Heart Failure Beat, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiac Failure interviews two authors of a music intervention from Italy involving daily listening of classical music selections was shown to improve quality of life and other outcomes in patients with chronic heart failure. He also discusses the multi-tiered implications of the study with internationally acclaimed operatic soprano Renée Fleming and others involved in a novel initiative called Sound Health. Will listening to music become the gold standard for treatment of heart failure?  Tune in and find out.

Host: Paul J. Hauptman, MD, The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville TN - Journal of Cardiac Failure


  • Francesco Burrai, RN, PhD
  • Eleonora Moccia, MD
  • Renée Fleming, Artistic Advisor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Sheri L. Robb, PhD, MT-BC, Professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Jerome L. Fleg, MD, a cardiologist at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 
Evolving Approaches to Heart Failure Management in the COVID-19 Era

In this edition of the Heart Failure Beat, Dr. Mike Rich, Deputy Editor for the Journal of Cardiac Failure, discusses evolving strategies for the management of heart failure in the context of COVID-19 with the lead authors of 3 papers published in the July 2020 issue of the Journal. Topics covered in the discussion include a survey of current practices by heart failure specialists in the U.S. in response to the pandemic, modifications to a heart failure clinic to support patients during this period, and the role of pulmonary artery pressure monitoring in the era of COVID-19. The data presented suggests the intriguing possibility that despite the challenges of COVID-19 and social distancing, ambulatory care for patients with heart failure may actually have improved since the onset of the pandemic. To hear more, please tune in to the full podcast!

Michael W. Rich, MD, Deputy Editor – Journal of Cardiac Failure


Aws Almufleh, MBBS, MPH – Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Co-author: Short-term Outcomes in Ambulatory Heart Failure during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Pulmonary Artery Pressure Monitoring

Colleen K. McIlvennan, PhD, DNP, ANP – Colleen K. McIlvennan is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado. She currently splits her time between her clinical duties as Lead Advanced Practice Provider for the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation program and research activities with the Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research. Co-author: Changes in Care Delivery for Patients With Heart Failure During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a Multicenter Survey

Priya Umpathi, MD Priya Umapathi is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Advanced Heart Failure Cardiac Transplant/MCS at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her research interests include mechanisms of systolic and diastolic cardiac dysfunction with a focus on molecular based therapies for heart failure.  Co-author: Transforming Ambulatory Heart Failure Care in the Coronavirus Disease-19 Era: Initial Experience From a Heart Failure Disease Management Clinic

Virtual Visits for Care of Patients with Heart Failure in the Era of COVID-19

Virtual Visits for the care of patients with heart failure in the era of COVID-19 and beyond -- best practices, policy changes, reimbursement, and more.

Paul J. Hauptman, MD, The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville TN
Michael W. Rich, MD, Saint Louis, MO

Eiran Z. Gorodeski, MD, MPH, FHFSA
Parag Goyal, MD, MSc

Archived Episodes

November 2019: Volume 25, Issue 11
Featuring cardiopulmonary baroreflex control of renal sympathetic nerve activity is impaired in dogs with left ventricular dysfunction. Featuring Paul Hauptman, MD and Mark Dunlap, MD Download mp3 

August 2019: Volume 25, Issue 8
Issue highlights and introduction, and interview with Michael M. Givertz of “HFSA/SAEM/ISHLT Clinical Expert Consensus Document on the Emergency Management of Patients with Ventricular Assist Devices” from the July 2019 issue. Featuring Paul Hauptman, MD and Michael M. Givertz, MD Download mp3 

December 2018: Volume 24, Issue 12
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with George A. Mensah of “Heart Failure in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries: Rising Burden, Diverse Etiology, and High Mortality.” Featuring Paul Hauptman, MD and George A. Mensah, MD Download mp3 

April 2018: Volume 24, Issue 4
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with Javed Butler of “Diastolic Dysfunction in Individuals with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: Literature Review, Rationale and Design of the Characterizing Heart function on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (CHART) Study”, and Bryan Taylor of “Respiratory muscle weakness in patients with heart failure: time to make it a standard clinical marker and a need for novel therapeutic interventions? By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3

March 2018: Volume 24, Issue 3
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with statistic consultant John Chibnall, PhD. By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3

February 2018: Volume 24, Issue 2
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with authors Linda Peterson and Andrew Coogan of “Dietary nitrate increases VO2peak and performance but does not alter ventilation or efficiency in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction”, and the editorialist Matthew Maurer of “More Than Meets the Eye: Time for a New Imaging Paradigm to Test for Cardiac Amyloidosis.” Download mp3 

January 2018: Volume 24, Issue 1
Issue highlights and introduction, Charles McTiernan, Kenneth Bilchick, and Sula Mazimba. By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3 

November 2017: Volume 23, Issue 11
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with author Josef Stehlik of “Implementation of Real-time Assessment of Patient-Reported Outcomes in a Heart Failure Clinic. A Feasibility Study.” By Sue Wingate, PhD  Download mp3 

October 2017: Volume 23, Issue 10
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with editorialist Kevin O'Conner of “An Innovative Approach to Increasing Donor Heart Supply: Will It Work?” and editorialist Gene Bukhman of “Universal Coverage for Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment: Looking to Central Australia from sub-Saharan Africa”.MD By Paul Hauptman  Download mp3  

September 2017: Volume 23, Issue 9
Issue highlights and introduction, tribute to Henry Krum: “Henry and Mount Rushmore.”  
By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3 

August 2017: Volume 23, Issue 8 Issue highlights and introduction, author interview with Nihar Desai on “The Impact of the Transition From Volume to Value on Heart Failure Care: Implications of Novel Payment Models and Quality Improvement Initiatives By Paul Hauptman, MD  Download mp3 

July 2017: Volume 23, Issue 7
Issue highlights and introduction, Author Interview with Hitesh Patel on “Assessing the Eligibility Criteria in Phase III Randomized Controlled Trials of Drug Therapy in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: The Critical Play-Off Between a “Pure” Patient Phenotype and the Generalizability of Trial Findings .” 
By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3 

June 2017: Volume 23, Issue 6
Issue highlights and introduction, Author Interview with Burhan Mohamedali on “Mean Arterial Pressure to Central Venous Pressure Ratio: A Novel Marker for Right Ventricular Failure After Left Ventricular Assist Device Placement.” 
By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3 

May 2017: Volume 23, Issue 5
Issue highlights and introduction, Author Interview with Stavros Drakos on “Advancing the Science of Myocardial Recovery With Mechanical Circulatory Support: A Working Group of the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.”
By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3  

April 2017: Volume 23, Issue 4 

Issue highlights and introduction, Author Interview with Larry Allen and Madhav Narayan on “Patient Perspectives on Communication of Individualized Survival Estimates in Heart Failure.”  By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3 

March 2017: Volume 23, Issue 3
Issue highlights and introduction
By Paul Hauptman, MD  Download mp3

Disclaimer: The opinions presented in episodes of the Heart Failure Beat do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the Heart Failure Society of America. Furthermore, HFSA does not endorse any medications or treatments discussed in these