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AJGP Clinical Challenge May 2018: Cardiovascular disease

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

To provide education on the management of patients with cardiovascular disease

Relevance to General Practice

Cardiovascular disease remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Ischaemic heart disease, the leading cause of death in Australia, can manifest as chest pain, which is a common presentation in general practice. Although chest pain often has a benign underlying cause, a thorough and careful assessment is essential, given that it can have fatal consequences. Abdominal aortic aneurysms generally remain asymptomatic and undetected until they rupture, resulting in death in most cases. The rate of pacemaker insertion for the treatment of rhythm abnormalities has been increasing and, increasingly, general practitioners (GPs) are involved in following up and managing patients with these devices. The May issue of AJGP includes articles on cardiovascular disease, focusing on the role of the GP as the first point of contact with patients. It is essential that GPs are able to thoroughly assess their patients and, when appropriate, refer them for specialist intervention.

Learning outcomes
  • Outline current areas of controversy and research on abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Discuss issues in the management of patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • List current treatment options for abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Describe the diagnosis and early management of patients with possible acute coronary syndrome
  • Discuss the use of cardiac rhythm management devices, including implant procedures, post-procedural care, potential complications, follow-up and precautions.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
    • Other
    AJGP Clinical Challenge May 2018: Cardiovascular disease
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    2 hrs
    Start Date
    End Date
    CPD Points
    4 cpd
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