Heart failure module 2: diagnosis

Released7 May 2020     Expires: 07 May 2022      Programme: Heart failure 1.5 CPD/CME credit

Sponsorship Statement: Vifor Pharma UK has provided an unrestricted grant to fund this activity and has not had any input into any aspect of this learning resource.

Designed to give healthcare professionals an understanding of diagnosis in heart failure, it is one of several modules in our heart failure programme.

Module first published: 23 September 2014
Revised module released: 01 November 2017
2nd revision released: 07 May 2020

Learning objectives

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

  • The signs and symptoms of heart failure
  • How brain-natriuretic peptides fit in to diagnosis
  • Laboratory investigations in suspected heart failure
  • The role of the chest X-ray and ECG in this setting
  • Use of different forms of exercise testing and haemodynamic studies
  • The key role of imaging in heart failure patients
  • Why echocardiography remains the primary imaging investigation
  • How cardiovascular magnetic resonance is also a powerful imaging modality in heart failure


Professor Andrew Clark, Chair in Clinical Cardiology, Hull York Medical School
Dr Kaushik Guha, Clinical Cardiology Research Fellow, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Professor Theresa McDonagh, Consultant Cardiologist, King”s College Hospital, London
Dr Susan Piper, King”s College Hospital, London
Dr Henry Savage, Specialist Registrar in Cardiology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Dr Benoy Shah, Research Fellow in Cardiology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London

Module revised in 2017 and 2020 by Dr Joe Cuthbert, Clinical Research Fellow, Hull York Medical School, in association with Professor Andrew Clark


1.5 CPD/CME credits, 1.5 hours
BJC Learning has assigned one and a half hours of CPD/CME credit to this module

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