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AR21 Rational prescribing: cardiac drugs

Course summary

This course will help you prescribe more effectively for patients with cardiovascular disease. This interactive day covers hypertension, angina, cardiac failure, vascular disease and important new drug developments.

Who should attend?

Non-medical prescribers
Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Nurse practitioners
Practice nurses
Community matrons
Registered nurses
Allied Health Professionals

Important notes

Course materials, evaluation, and certificate of attendance.


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
1 day(s) 7 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Learn and apply the concepts of rational prescribing for patients with cardiac disease.
  • Develop an overview of pharmacological agents used for cardiovascular conditions.
  • Have a better understanding of best treatment in major cardiovascular diseases and their proper application within the context of national targets and guidelines.
  • Improve your prescribing for these patients, both within a cost effective and patient management context.
  • Become aware of some of the latest innovations in pharmacological management of cardiac disease.

Course programme

  • Introduction to cardiac drug pharmacology
  • Prescribing in hypertension: thiazides, loops, calcium channel blockers
  • Sympathetic system pharmacology: beta blockers
  • Renin angiotensin aldosterone system: ACE inhibitors & sartans
  • Ischaemic disease: nitrates & potassium channel openers
  • Hyperlipidaemia: cholesterol prescribing, statins, fibrates and adjuvants
  • National guidelines - NSF CHD, NYHA heart failure, QoF targets
  • Evidence based medicine - applying principles and national targets
  • Cost effective prescribing/rationale prescribing: cost benefit and cost utility in CHD, hypercholesterolemia and heart failure
  • New developments

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