Heart failure

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Heart failure prevalence is high, and rising due to the increasing age of the population, and improvements in healthcare in general and use of better medicines. Patients with heart failure have a poor quality of life, and reduced life expectancy.

It has a profound impact on the lives of patients and carers, and is a costly condition to diagnose and manage, representing 1–2% of total NHS expenditure and a cost of care totalling £625 million a year.

To help you get up-to-date in this increasingly important area, BJC Learning in partnership with the British Society for Heart Failure, has published a comprehensive modular elearning programme covering all aspects of this growing problem.

Each module will have a series of multiple-choice questions. Its seven hours of learning leads to seven continuing professional development (CPD) credits.

The programme has been made available with an educational grant from Pfizer UK and Servier Laboratories Ltd. It has been independently written by leading UK physicians, and has been endorsed by the British Society for Heart Failure.

Programme supervisor/contributor:
Professor Andrew Clark, Chair in Clinical Cardiology, Hull York Medical School
Contributors:
Professor Martin Cowie, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Dr Amy Gadoud, NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, Hull York Medical School
Dr Kaushik Guha, Clinical Cardiology Research Fellow, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Dr Carl Hayward, Clinical Research Fellow, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Professor Miriam Johnson, Professor of Palliative Medicine, Hull York Medical School
Dr Paul Kalra, Consultant Cardiologist, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Alexander Lyon, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Dr Muhammad Muzaffar Mahmood, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough
Professor Theresa McDonagh, Consultant Cardiologist, King”s College Hospital, London
Dr Andrew Morley-Smith, Clinical Research Fellow, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Professor John Pepper, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Dr Thanh Trung Phan, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough
Dr Sue Piper, King”s College Hospital, London
Dr Jill Riley, Honorary Lecturer, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London
Dr Henry Savage, Specialist Registrar in Cardiology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Dr Benoy Shah, Research Fellow in Cardiology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Dr Rakesh Sharma, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Dr Andrew Turley, Consultant Cardiologist, South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Ali Vazir, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Dr Donah Zachariah, Specialist Registrar in Cardiology, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Heart failure module 1: background, epidemiology and pathophysiology

Released 23 September 2014   Programme: Heart failure 1 CPD/CME credit

Heart failure module 1: background, epidemiology and pathophysiology
  • The different definitions and types of HF
  • The epidemiology of HF
  • The cost implications of HF
  • The pathophysiology of HF

Heart failure module 2: diagnosis

Released 23 September 2014   Programme: Heart failure 1.5 CPD/CME credit

Heart failure module 2: diagnosis
  • The signs and symptoms of heart failure
  • 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
  • How brain-natriuretic peptides fit in to diagnosis
  • 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

Heart failure module 3: pharmacological and non-pharmacological management

Released 23 September 2014   Programme: Heart failure 2 CPD/CME credits

Heart failure module 3: pharmacological and non-pharmacological management
  • Understand the aims of heart failure (HF) treatment
  • Recognise the role of lifestyle modifications (weight control, smoking cessation, exercise)
  • Understand the therapeutic options available for acute and chronic HF
  • Be aware of the modes of action of the different therapeutic agents prescribed
  • Recognise the role of the primary care team in HF management

Heart failure module 4: other management including device therapy

Released 23 September 2014   Programme: Heart failure 1.5 CPD/CME credits

Heart failure module 4: other management including device therapy
  • Cardiac resynchronisation therapy – how it works, the different device types and which patients are suitable for this treatment
  • The concept of sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in heart failure and its treatment
  • The role of ultrafiltration in patients with decompensated heart failure, patient selection, and the potential benefits and complications of the procedure
  • The basics of gene therapy, its potential targets, clinical experience, and vectors and delivery systems

Heart failure module 5: surgical management

Released 23 September 2014   Programme: Heart failure 0.5 CPD/CME credit

Heart failure module 5: surgical management
  • The basics of left ventricular assist devices
  • Selection procedures for cardiac transplantation
  • Long-term management post-transplant
  • Surgical ventricular restoration

Heart failure module 6: end-of-life care for people with heart failure

Released 23 September 2014   Programme: Heart failure 0.5 CPD/CME credits

Heart failure module 6: end-of-life care for people with heart failure
  • What is meant by palliative care for patients with heart failure
  • How to overcome recognised barriers to a palliative approach to care for patients with heart failure
  • The principles of symptom control in patients with heart failure