Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair

Dana Ogan

Second Committee Member

Tim Englund

Third Committee Member

Megan Hodges


The purpose of this pilot project was to examine descriptive statistics from patients who participated in heart failure (HF) shared medical appointments (SMAs) at a mid-sized heart center in the Northwest, in which nutrition education was provided by an RD. Information collected included blood pressure (BP), heart rate (HR), weight, scores from the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure (MLHF) Survey, and the Atlanta Heart Failure Knowledge (AHFK) questionnaire. Due to small sample size and lack of control group, simple descriptive statistics, such as mean and median were used to examine the data. Three of the participants were female and 4 were male. Five patients in this group had a diagnosis of HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), and two patients had a diagnosis of HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Average weights of the participants ranged from 171.4 lbs to 339.6lbs. Quality of life (QOL) for this group of patients was diverse, average MLHF scores ranging from 0.4-78.3. The 3 lowest scores on the MLHF questionnaire and the 3 lowest average HRs were observed in the 3 patients (21, 22 & 32) who had the lowest recorded weights in the group (200lbs.