Beth Davidson, DNP, ACNP, CHFN, CCRN, a nurse practitioner who specializes in heart failure management in Nashville, TN, and heart failure patient Michele N, discuss the problem of heart failure, providing insight into the impact on African Americans specifically, the symptoms, and managing the condition.
Beth Towery Davidson
Beth is the Director of the Heart Failure Disease Management Program at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN, a charter member of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), and is currently serving her second term on the Board of Directors as President Elect.
Beth has authored and co-authored several publications, and most recently, was a contributing author for the AAHFN Advanced Heart Failure textbook. She is a frequent speaker at many local and national venues.
In addition, Beth is a member of the Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, Heart Failure Society of America and a founding member of the Middle Tennessee Heart Failure Journal Club. Beth received the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award for Advanced Practice and the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alumni Award for Clinical Achievement in 2007.
She earned her BSN from Western Kentucky University, her MSN from Vanderbilt University, and in 2007 completed her DNP from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.
Michelle N. (Heart failure patient)
Michele, 63, leads a busy life as a business manager, a recovery support group leader and an active member of her church. In 2016, she started experiencing swelling in her legs and shortness of breath. She went to a physician for what she thought were allergies and asthma. But the symptoms worsened, and soon Michele wasn’t able to walk to her car after work without help from a coworker or taking breaks. Her physician referred her to a cardiologist, and, after an echocardiogram, Michele was diagnosed with a chronic type of heart failure. Having lost her mother 12 years earlier to heart failure, she was terrified to hear her diagnosis. But Michele’s cardiologist prescribed a medication for heart failure, and, while treatment impacts everyone differently, she is back to her activities and has not been hospitalized for the condition, which drives approximately 900,000 to the hospital each year. In addition to medications, Michele altered her lifestyle to manage her condition by walking more often and reducing her salt intake.