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182808 - check, unit 562, Cardiovascular, July 2019

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
3 hrs

This edition of check focuses on the assessment and management of cardiovascular conditions in general practice.

Relevance to General Practice

Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in Australia.(1,2) In 2016, it was reported that 43,600 deaths were attributable to cardiovascular disease – second only to deaths from all types of cancer combined.(3) There were 10,869 fatalities from stroke in Australia in 2015, making it the third leading cause of death in the country.(4) Atrial fibrillation, which was associated with 11% of stroke deaths in 2015,(4) affects approximately 2% of the general Australian population and 5% of adults aged over 65 years.(5) It is estimated that approximately 1–2% of the Australian population have heart failure,(6) and hospitalisations due to heart failure steadily increased in the 10 years prior to 2015.(7) Pulmonary arterial hypertension affects up to 100 patients per million,(8) and has more treatment options available than other forms of pulmonary hypertension.
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Learning outcomes
  • Outline the investigations required for suspected atrial fibrillation.
  • Discuss the short-term and long-term considerations for a patient following stroke.
  • Describe the diagnosis and management of heart failure.
  • Identify the pharmacological therapies available to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Rational prescribing and medication monitoring is undertaken

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
    182808 - check, unit 562, Cardiovascular, July 2019
    Provider Type
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    3 hrs
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