Heart failure

Contents

  • Overview
  • Pre-Test
  • Introduction
  • Causes, pathophysiology and prognosis
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Heart failure classification
  • Pharmacological treatment
  • Diuretic therapy
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers
  • Beta-blockers
  • Aldosterone receptor antagonists
  • Ivabradine
  • Cardiac glycosides
  • NICE guidelines for other drugs
  • Lifestyle advice for patients
  • Post-Test
  • Action & Evaluation
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Overview

This CPD module on Heart Failure will consider the symptoms of chronic heart failure and medicines optimisation for patients with the condition.

Record your learning from this module and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end

Goal

To update community pharmacists on medicines optimisation for patients with chronic heart failure.

Objectives

After studying this module you should be able to:

  • Describe the classes, signs and symptoms of chronic heart failure
  • Discuss optimised therapies and classes of medicines used to manage chronic heart failure
  • Plan and conduct a medicines optimisation consultation with a patient who has heart failure.

Contributing author:

Dr Rani Khatib, consultant pharmacist in cardiology & cardiovascular clinical research, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

How to use this module

You can test your existing understanding of this topic by completing the initial pre-test. Then work through the module before taking the post-test to see if your knowledge has improved.

Record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end of this module, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacists. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.

 

Working in association with the RPS Faculty

These CPD modules are an important part of advancing your professional development, providing you with essential knowledge and skills.
They can be considered alongside other activities for inclusion in your RPS Faculty portfolio. The RPS Faculty is a professional recognition programme for all pharmacists in all sectors at all stages of their career and involves assessment of a practice-based portfolio that recognises your professional development. This allows you to demonstrate to others your level of attainment and stage of advanced practice. It also helps you identify what you need to know at different stages of your career. Start your Faculty journey by accessing the portfolio and tools at www.rpharms.com/Faculty.

Download

Click here to download a PDF of the module as it appeared in print. You can still use your online learning log to record your learning outcomes and impact on your practice.

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