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Hypertension, stable angina, arrthymias, infective endocarditis, warfarin reversal and a case of breathlessness are covered in this learning plan. The range of topics reflects the role of GPs and other primary healthcare professionals in diagnosis and management, referral and follow-up of cardiovascular conditions. Each educational activity provides key learning points along with a post-test so you can check what you have learned. You can undertake the whole plan or select individual modules to match your identified learning needs. CPD credits can be claimed for all modules completed.
This article by Dr Klaus Witte and colleagues, updated in 2019 by Dr Aaron Koshy, reviews the management of hypertension in primary care. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include causes of secondary hypertension, suitable investigations such as urine dipstick and ECG, the role of home blood pressure monitoring, lifestyle advice and medication.
Dr Pipin Singh describes how to implement the NICE quality standard on atrial fibrillation in primary care. The module outlines what’s new in the guidance and what to do differently in your practice.
Dr Kyriacos Mouyis, Dr Sofia Metaxa and Dr Constantinos Missouris provide an overview of the diagnosis and management of infective endocarditis, including how to make the diagnosis, investigations such as blood cultures and echocardiography, and European Society of Cardiology guidelines for managing the condition.
Dr Pipin Singh provides an overview into the red flags of arrhythmias. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include primary care investigations and when to refer.
Dr Suneeta Kochhar explains the updates to NICE guidance on diagnosing and managing venous thromboembolic diseases.
Dr Raj Thakkar details the risks associated with stable angina, investigations for diagnosis and some methods of management. This activity aims to provide a CPD update for GPs and other healthcare professionals on diagnosis and management.
Dr Shruthi Patel and Dr John Hanley explain how to reverse the anticoagulant effects of warfarin should a patient develop bleeding. Key education points for GPs and other healthcare professionals include recognising signs of bleeding and prescribing vitamin K appropriately.
The article by Dr Raj Thakkar examines the clinical approach to a patient with breathlessness caused by aortic valve disease and concomitant heart failure. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include acute and on-going management of patients with this condition.
Dr Suneeta Kochhar reviews the latest NICE guideline on risk assessment and reduction of cardiovascular disease. Key educational messages for GPs and other healthcare professionals include use of QRISK2 for assessment of CVD risk, appropriate prescribing of statins for primary and secondary prevention of CVD, and advice on when to refer.