Heart Failure Resources

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) provides Heart Failure Accreditation to individual hospitals and hospital systems. All of the tools and measures used in the accreditation process are designed to help facilities improve their care of patients with heart failure. As a partner to the healthcare community, ACC offers additional resources of interest to the dedicated individuals who are drivers of innovation in the continuum of care.

American College of Cardiology Articles

Clinical topics about Heart Failure

More Articles

Prevention of Heart Failure

AHA/ACCF/ESC Scientific Statement: The Role of Endomyocardial Biopsy in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease

ACC/AHA Key Data Elements and Definitions for Measuring the Clinical Management and Outcomes of Patients With Chronic Heart Failure

ACC/AHA Clinical Performance Measures for Adults With Chronic Heart Failure

State of the Science: Promoting Self-Care in Persons with Heart Failure

2009 Focused Update: ACCF/AHA Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure in Adults

2009 Focused Update Incorporated into the ACC/AHA 2005 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure in Adults


Abstracts from the 19th Congress - May 2016

Abstracts from the 18th Congress - May 2015

Innovative Approach to Improving the Care of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure 

Abstract on Cardiorenal Dysfunction 

Society of Cardivascular Patient Care Recommendations for the Evaluation and Management of the Observation Stay Acute Heart Failure Patients

Management Strategies to Meet the Core Heart Failure Measures for Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: A Nursing Perspective... 

Outpatient Management of Chronic Heart Failure

Critical Practice Guideline Adherence before and after implementation of the HEARTFELT (HEART Failure Effectiveness & Leader) 

Multidisciplinary Rounds (MDR): an Implementation System for Sustained Improvement in the American Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines Program

Critical Pathway for the Management of Acute Heart Failure at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System: Transforming Performance Measures into Cardiac Care

Adherence to Heart Failure Quality-of-care Indicators in US Hospitals: Analysis of the ADHERE Registry

Influence of a Performance-Improvement Initiative on Quality of Care for Patients Hospitalized with Heart Failure: Results of the Organized Program to Initiate Lifesaving Treatment in Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure (OPTIMIZE-HF)

Quality of Care of and Outcomes for Africian Americans Hospitalized with Heart Failure: Findings from the OPTIMIZE-HF Registry

Predictors of Mortality After Discharge in Patients Hospitalized with Heart Failure: an Analysis from OPTIMIZE-HF

Acutely Decompensated Heart Failure: Characteristics of Hospitalized Patients and Opportunities to Improve Their Care



Additional web sites that may be of interest to healthcare professionals who focus on the cause and treatment of heart failure.

www.acc.org American College of Cardiology
www.cardiosmart.org CardioSmart
www.hfsa.org Heart Failure Society of America
www.aahfn American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
www.aacn.org American Association of Critical Care Nurses
www.accn.net American College of Cardiovascular Nursing


The "Short Stay Management of Acute Heart Failure" serves as a roadmap for the treatment of heart failure patients who fall within the Emergency Department and Observation Services level of care. It gives practitioners a full understanding of the medical requirements, administrative processes, and regulatory issues involved in the short stay management of heart failure patients. The book is available for purchase in ebook or hardcover format from Springer.

This essential guide…

  • Features groundbreaking research on short stay management for the heart failure population
  • Contains rich figures and Shared Practices
  • Includes expert insights from authorities across multiple disciplines

This timely book is a road map for defining the care of acute heart failure patients in the short stay or observation unit setting. This book provides an understanding of the diverse medical needs and solutions, administrative processes, and regulatory issues necessary for successful management. In an environment of increasing financial consciousness, medical practice is changing drastically. Short stay care is premier among the new specialties that cater to the complex balance of optimizing patient outcomes while minimizing fiscal burdens. The observation unit has proven to be an excellent arena for the care of acute heart failure, replete with opportunities to improve both medical management and quality metrics. Unique to the field, Short Stay Management of Acute Heart Failure, Second Edition is the only book of its kind, providing the medical, regulatory, and economic tools necessary to create and implement successful short stay management protocols and units for the care of the heart failure patient. It is an essential guide for health care professionals and for hospitals and institutions wishing to be recognized as quality heart failure centers as accredited by the American College of Cardiology.


We gratefully acknowledge the charitable generosity of Dr. Peacock who has donated the royalties from the sale of the book to further the mission of ACC Accreditation Services.


Voice of the Customer

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RN, Vice President, HealthPark Medical Center & Heart and Vascular Institute
Lee Memorial Health System, Florida

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