Heart Failure Part A – The Dyspnoea Patient


Recent updates to Australian Clinical Guidelines for the prevention, detection and management of Heart Failure require that GPs are provided with a detailed review on the identification, investigation and management of heart failure.

Heart failure is present in 1–2% of the Australian population. It is predominantly a disease of the elderly, present in up to 10% of those aged over 80, and this prevalence is rising. The type of heart failure determines its treatment. Diagnosis and management of most patients with heart failure occurs at an outpatient level, with the GP playing a central role in initial diagnosis, counselling, regular assessment of fluid status, titration and monitoring of medications as well as end-of-life care.


  1. Recognise dyspnoea as a presentation of heart failure and provide appropriate initial management
  2. Identify symptoms and signs that suggest heart failure as the cause of dyspnoea
  3. List the causes of heart failure, with particular emphasis on those factors that are reversible or amenable to treatment strategies
  4. Initiate a rational and thorough evaluation of patients with suspected heart failure
  5. Implement strategies that ensure continuity of care of patients with heart failure including robust recall systems, effective inter-disciplinary communication and utilisation of referral pathways for timely access to necessary care
  • Presenter(s):Matthew Brooks
    William Wilson
  • Host:Melbourne Private Hospital
  • Duration:1.20.31hrs
  • Activity ID:160140
  • QI&CPD Points:3
  • Provider:Healthscope

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