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A76 Screening for cardiac disease - from first presentation to optimal treatment

Course summary

Whether you are a nurse, pharmacist, physiotherapist or GP - this course will challenge experienced primary care practitioners. It will help you to identify patients with cardiac disease early, initiate appropriate tests, interpret basic test results and choose the most appropriate treatment pathway.

Who should attend?

Nurse practitioners
Practice nurses
Community matrons
Allied health professionals

Important notes

Course material, evaluations and certificate of attendance provided.


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
1 day(s) 8 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Know the benefits of primary and secondary prevention of CHD
  • Apply a systematic approach to case finding in primary care
  • Identify signs and symptoms of CHD, AF and heart failure
  • Review history taking in patients with cardiac disease
  • Understand the diagnostic pathways of CHD, Heart Failure and AF
  • Interpret treatment pathways (NSF / NICE etc.)
  • Explore management options for the difficult cardiac patient
  • Gain confidence in implementing gold standard care for the patient with heart disease

Course programme


  • Heart disease a growing public health problem
  • Pathophysiology of a mal-functioning heart; CHD, AF and heart failure explained
  • Theory of primary and secondary prevention

Screening & Assessing

  • Detecting patients at risk of heart disease.
  • Systematic approaches to identifying patients with cardiac disease in primary care including early presentations.
  • Exploring diagnostic pathways and tests in cardiac disease
  • Interpreting test results, basic interpretation of ECGs and ECHOs


  • Starting the patient on the appropriate pathway
  • Linking treatment options to the underlying pathophysiology - 'when it all starts to make sense'
  • Managing the challenging patient: what to do when the treatment pathway cannot be easily applied

The Wider Picture: How to implement a preventive cardiology programme in hospital, primary care and community settings

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