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Vagus Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Heart Failure: Exploring the Heart-Brain Corridor

Date of Online Release: April 24, 2014 
Termination Date: April 24, 2017  
Credits: .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
See link to Course Materials below.

CME Information - Overview

This presenter will discuss the potential use of electrical vagus nerve stimulation to treat chronic heart failure.

Educational Objectives
The intended result of this activity is increased knowledge. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to--

  • Summarize the rationale for the use of vagus nerve stimulation in heart failure.
  • Describe the effects of vagus nerve stimulation of left ventricular function in animals with heart failure and show early results in humans with heart failure.
  • Discuss mechanisms of action of vagus nerve stimulation .

Target Audience
The intended audience for this continuing medical education activity includes --- cardiologists, surgeons, internist, and researchers.

Method of Instruction / Participation
This online enduring material comprises slide sets with text and audio derived from a live cardiology grand rounds presentation with post activity assessment and evaluation.

Evaluation / Feedback
We value your feedback; please send your suggestions and comments to the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Texas Heart Institute, cme@heart.thi.tmc.edu.


   Hani N. Sabbah, PhD

Hani N. Sabbah, PhD, FACC, FCCP, FHRS
Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University
Director of Cardiovascular Research
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI

 Acknowledgement of Support

Accreditation / Credit Designation 

Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Heart Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated Study Time
The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials and completion of the course assessment is 45 minutes.

Repurposing Statement
If you previously completed and received credit for the live CME-sponsored grand rounds entitled, Vagus Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Heart Failure: Exploring the Heart-Brain Corridor, on November 22, 2013, please note that you will not receive credit for completing this activity. Participants who take part in an identical activity, even in order to validate learning or to clarify specific topics, cannot claim, nor will the Texas Heart Institute award, duplicate credit for the activity.

Disclosure of Relationships
It is the intent of the Texas Heart Institute to ensure that its educational mission and its continuing medical activities in particular, should not be influenced by the special interests of individuals associated with its program.

Faculty Disclosure
In accordance with the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, everyone in a position to control content (faculty, planners, reviewers, and others who control content including their spouse/partner) has disclosed to Texas Heart Institute their relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. The Institute defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships of the individual (including those of the individual’s spouse or partner) in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. The ACCME defines “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

Dr. Sabbah is a consultant for Boston Scientific Corporation. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for BioControl Medical. Dr. Sabbah has received research grants from BioControl Medical and Boston Scientific.

The Planning Committee has nothing to disclose.
The THI CME Staff have nothing to disclose.
The Program Reviewers have nothing to disclose.
Course Materials and CME Credit 

This online enduring material comprises one presentation. By clicking on the Course Materials link below, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the CME information provided above. After viewing the presentation, you must complete an assessment and evaluation to obtain CME credit for this activity.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Heart Failure: Exploring the Heart-Brain Corridor
Date of Online Release: April 24, 2014
Termination Date: April 24, 2017
Credits: .75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

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