Heart valve disease module 5: medical therapies for treatment of valvular heart disease

Released1 March 2016     Expires: 01 March 2018      Programme: Heart valve disease 1 CPD/CME credit

Sponsorship Statement: This module has been sponsored by Edwards Lifesciences with an unrestricted educational grant

Designed to give healthcare professionals a clear understanding medical therapies for the treatment of valvular heart disease. It is one of several modules in our heart valve disease programme.

1 CPD/CME credit

Module originally published July 2013. Revised module released March 2016

Learning objectives

Upon completing this module, participants should be better able to:

  • Understand the role of disease-modifying pharmacotherapy in valvular heart disease (VHD)
  • Understand the role of supportive pharmacotherapy in VHD
  • Recognise the indications for anticoagulation in VHD
  • Be aware of the patient groups at high risk of developing infective endocarditis
  • Realise the reasons for recent changes in international guidelines which restrict antibiotic prophylaxis of endocarditis
  • Compare and contrast the differing recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis of the European Society of Cardiology and the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.


Dr Sean Coffey, Research Fellow, Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
Dr Bernard D Prendergast, Consultant Cardiologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust, London


1 CPD/CME credit, 1 hour
BJC Learning has assigned one hour of CPD/CME credit to this module
The European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) has assigned one CME credit to this module. German participants should contact EBAC to receive a German VNR code for this course.
email: accreditation@ebac-cme.org
website: http://www.ebac-cme.org/

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