Heart failure module 3: pharmacological management

Released7 May 2020     Expires: 07 May 2022      Programme: Heart failure 2 CPD/CME credits

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 the non-pharmacological and pharmacological management of 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:

  • Understand the aims of heart failure (HF) treatment
  • Recognise the role of the primary care team in HF management
  • Recognise the role of lifestyle modifications (weight control, smoking cessation, exercise)
  • Understand the treatment options available for acute and chronic HF
  • Understand the modes of action of the different therapeutic agents prescribed


Professor Andrew Clark, Chair in Clinical Cardiology, Hull York Medical School
Dr Paul Kalra, Consultant Cardiologist, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Donah Zachariah, Cardiology Research Fellow, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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


2 CPD/CME credits, 2 hours
BJC Learning has assigned two hours of CPD/CME credit to this module

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