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166962 - Cardiology Update

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An evening workshop discussing the first line medication management, device therapy and role of genetics in heart failure.

Relevance to General Practice

In Australia, the National Health Survey reported an overall chronic heart failure prevalence of 1.3% in the general population. Hospitalisation for patients with chronic heart failure is common, costly & associated with poor survival, both as an inpatient & in the months following discharge. However, evidence-based treatments are available to prevent hospital admission & improve patient outlook. Chronic heart failure is encountered in 3 – 4% of general practice consultations. GPs have an essential role in the care of patients with chronic heart failure. The general practitioner is crucial in recognising the initial symptoms of chronic heart failure & organising further tests or referral to a specialist, & subsequently initiating & optimising chronic heart failure treatments with proven prognostic benefit. Patients with chronic heart failure often have several other comorbidities. Optimising holistic care, including avoidance of harmful polypharmacy is best achieve by the GP.

Learning outcomes
  • Discuss what first line medications should be prescribed in Heart Failure and how best to introduce them.
  • Describe indications for device therapy in Heart Failure & the information GPs can provide to their patients to ensure a team-based management approach.
  • Discuss how familial genetics in Heart Failure can assist in patient care and how to discuss potential screening with families of patients with cardiomyopathy.
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    166962 - Cardiology Update
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    2 hours
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