Heart Failure Success Series

Welcome to the Heart Success Series! 

This series was created in memory of Dr. David Taylor. We thank our partners at the Heart Failure Society of America which is a multidisciplinary organization working to improve and expand heart failure care through collaboration, education, research, innovation, and advocacy. Its members include physicians, scientists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists. Learn more at hfsa.org.

Podcast Episodes

CardioNerds  (Amit GoyalDaniel Ambinder) and special co-host Dr. Mark Belkin, join the Journal of Cardiac Failure Family to discuss the 2022 ACC/AHA/HFSA Guideline for The Management of Heart Failure. The JCF Editor-In-Chief Dr. Robert Mentz, Deputy Editor Dr. Anu Lala, and FIT editors — Dr. Vanessa Bluemer, Dr. Ashish Corrhea, and Dr. Quinton Youmans — share their hot takes and practical takeaways from the guidelines.

At JCF, we’re privileged to share this important document that will support improved care for those living with heart failure,” stated Editor-in Chief Dr. Robert J. Mentz and Deputy Editor Anu Lala. “The 2022 guidelines convey patient-centered updates regarding the language we use to communicate disease considerations (e.g., stages of HF) and practice-changing guidance around the diagnosis and management of HF including newer therapeutics (e.g., SGLT2i). There is an emphasis not only on managing HF but also on how to treat important comorbidities as part of the holistic care for patients living with HF.”

CardioNerdsAmit Goyal and Daniel Ambinder, join Duke University CardioNerds Ambassador and CorrespondentDr. Kelly Arps for the diuretic showdown of a lifetime. Join us for this Cardiology vs. Nephrology discussion and respective approach to volume overload and diuretic strategies with Dr. Michael Felker (Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Division of Cardiology at Duke University School of Medicine), and Dr. Matt Sparks (Founding member of the Nephrology Social Medial Collective and #NephJC and Associate Professor of Medicine and Program Director for the Nephrology Fellowship Program at Duke University School of Medicine). Episode introduction, audio editing and Approach to Diuretic Resistance infographic by Dr. Gurleen Kaur (Director of the CardioNerds Internship).

CardioNerds Amit GoalDaniel Ambinder, & Dr. Alex Pipilas (FIT, Boston University) discuss the clinical examination in patients with heart failure with Dr. Mark Drazner, professor of medicine, clinical chief of cardiology, and medical director of the LVAD and Cardiac Transplantation Program at UT Southwestern. In this pearl laden episode, they discuss how the exam can be used to non-invasively assess a patient’s hemodynamic status, risk stratify and inform prognosis, and guide management. They also discuss ways to master the evaluation of the JVP and categorize patients based on their RA:PCWP ratio.

The role of palliative care in the management of heart failure is discussed by palliative care expert, Dr. Rab Razzak, clinical associate professor and clinical director of palliative care at University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center. CardioNerds host Amit Goyal is joined by special guest interviewer, Dr. Arsalan Derakhshan, Assistant Program director at Case Western Internal Medicine residency program and the head of the Global Health Pathway as well as co-host of the Clinical Problem Solvers podcast!

Dr. Robert Mentz, director of the Heart Failure section in the Duke Division of Cardiology, discusses diureticsanti-hyperglycemic therapies including SGLT2/GLP1 agents, angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitors (ARNi)iron as therapies for Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF). Additionally, study design and ongoing research in HFpEF is discussed. At the end of the episode Dr. Mentz provides an additional update that highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced clinical trials around the world. Special thanks to guest interviewers, Duke cardiology fellows, Dr. Kelly Arps and Dr. Rahul Loungani!

We discuss Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) with Dr. Kavita Sharma, director of the Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Program and interim director of Advanced Heart Failure Transplant section at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. CardioNerds hosts Carine Hamo and Daniel Ambinder are joined by Dr. Beth Feldman (resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital). Topics discussed include a definitionsdiagnosisphenotypic presentations, inpatient management of acute decompensated heart failure, role of dopamine, advanced therapies of HFpEF, and the Paraglide trial.

Structural interventions in heart failure are discussed by Dr. Jeffrey Moses, Director of Interventional Therapeutics at Columbia University Medical Center Director of Advanced Cardiac Interventions at St Francis Hospital and Heart Center in Roslyn, NY. CardioNerds hosts Amit Goyal and Daniel Ambinder are joined by Dr. Jackie Latina (Cardiology fellow at The Johns Hopkins Hospital). Topics discussed include percutaneous intervention and complex and high-risk coronary intervention (CHIP), treatment of functional mitral and tricuspid regurgitation, aortic stenosis, and the utility of interatrial shunt devices for the treatment congestive heart failure.

Duke cardiology fellow, Rahul Loungani, interviews Dr. Jonathan Piccini, director of the Electrophysiology Clinical Trials Program and Arrhythmia Core Laboratory at Duke University, about atrial fibrillation management in patients with heart failure. They discuss rate vs rhythm control and strategies for both, new onset AF in the context of critical illness, wearable devices in AF, escalation of therapy in AF, ideal patient for catheter ablation, and AF patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Vanderbilt fellows, Richa Gupta and Jessica Huston, interview past HFSA president Dr. JoAnn Lindenfeld, Director of Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation Section at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute about the nuts and bolts of cardiac transplantation. Topics discussed include organ allocation, recipient selection, high risk donors, short and long term complications, and what non-transplant physicians should know about immunosuppressive medications. 

Carine and Dan delve into LVAD 101 with Dr. Steven Hsu, heart failure specialist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. We get big picture, we get detail oriented and we hit the highlights for the psycho-social-and medical management of our LVAD patient population.

Amit and co-fellow Dr. Kartik Telukuntla discuss advanced heart failure therapies, or salvage therapies, with Dr. Jerry Estep, section head of heart failure at the Cleveland Clinic.

Amit and co-fellow Dr. Kartik Telukuntla learn from Dr. Randall Starling, former president of the HFSA, about his approach to guideline-directed medical therapy in heart failure.

Dan and Carine chat with cardiomyopathy expert Dr. Ed Kasper with regards to his approach to the new onset heart failure patient. This episode is dedicated to Dr. Kasper’s mentor and friend, Dr. Kenneth L. Baughman. 

See photos discussed in this episode and tribute to Dr. Baughman

In conjunction with the 2020 Heart Failure Awareness Week, sponsored by the Heart Failure Society of America the CardioNerds are supporting the society’s efforts to promote heart failure awareness, patient education, and heart failure prevention by launching our Heart Failure Awareness CardioNerds Series. 

This series is a tribute to Dr. David Taylor. Dr. Taylor (aka “DOT”) was a heart failure attending at the Cleveland Clinic.  He died on Wednesday, February 5th 2020. We remember him for the legend he is. A passionate clinician, skilled educator, devoted mentor.  His legacy lives on within us. #foreverDOT

Colleagues and friends record their cherished memories, stories, and life lessons learned from Dr. Taylor.

CardioNerds Heart Failure Episode Collection

A Tribute to the Life and Legacy of
Dr. David Taylor

  • Steve Nissen – 5:03
  • Sandy Galvin – 7:29
  • Mike Militello – 8:45
  • Andres Carmona – 9:26
  • Millie Pejnovic – 11:02
  • Kia Afshar – 11:38
  • Sanjeep (Sean) Bhattacharya – 13:40
  • Liane Porepa – 15:06
  • Bret Sperry – 16:04
  • Josef Stehlik – 17:12
  • Bill Wilke – 19:07
  • Paulino Alvarez – 20:39
  • Kay Kendall – 22:44
  • Mazen Hanna – 22:08
  • David Xu – 29:26
  • Ilke Sipahi – 30:40
  • Anupam Basuray – 31:54
  • Amanda Vest – 33:13
  • Paul Cremer – 34:40
  • Rebecca Reay – 37:45
  • Jerry Estep – 42:09
  • Venu Menon – 45:33
  • Wilson Tang – 48:51
  • Randall Starling – 50:22
Dr. Ken Baughman
Dr. Baughman and is wife, Cheryl. Photo courtesy of Roger S. Blumenthal, MD

In Memory of Dr. Ken Baughman

Dr. Ken Baughman served as director of the cardiology division at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., before being recruited to Brigham Hospital in 2002. 

He was such a hero in cardiology. Dr. Myron Weisfeldt, a cardiology great in his own right, called Dr. Baughman a physician’s physician, and an exemplar of how you can lead and teach as a model to others. His thousands of patients knew him and benefited from his great expertise and his care. Dr. Gary Gottlieb, president of Brigham Hospital at the time,  said His passion for his patients was woven into the fabric of our hospital,” He represented the very best in medicine … He cared so deeply for each and every person he touched. Not only was he an extraordinary clinician, but he was a respected and accomplished researcher and brilliant mentor to dozens of young men and women who benefited from his nurturance and wisdom.”

Learn more about Dr. Ken Baughman from a moving tribute authored by Dr. Roger Blumenthal. 

Bioptome #1 used by Dr. Baughman
Dr. Thomas Traill (L), Dr. Baughman (C), Dr. Stephen Achuff (R)
Dr. Kasper wearing Dr. Baughman's conductors cap gifted to him by a patient
Saman Nematollahi, MD

Saman Nematollahi, MD 

Saman grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He completed his undergrad at the University of Arizona with dual degrees in Physiology and Spanish Literature. He spent some time after undergrad working in a neuroscience lab before starting med school at the University of Arizona. He then moved to NYC where he completed residency at Columbia. His clinical interests include management of immunocompromised hosts, and his research interest is in medical education. He loves to play soccer with his wife and son. He is master educator, appeared on and has authored many important tweetorials (links below). He has also appeared on the hit medical podcast, The Clinical Problem Solvers.