15.1 Cardiovascular Problems

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 15.1, Cardiovascular Problems, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Cardiovascular problems are important because they are common, causing high levels of morbidity and mortality, resulting in considerable costs to society. Management of the risk factors for cardiovascular problems is an essential part of health promotion activity in primary care. All GPs should be competent in the management of cardiovascular emergencies in primary care. Accurate diagnosis of symptoms that may potentially be due to cardiovascular causes is a key competence for general practice.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Red flag symptoms: Arrhythmias

Red flag symptoms: Arrhythmias

An overview of the red flags in cases of arrhythmias, suitable primary care investigations...

Mitral valve disease: clinical review
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Mitral valve disease: clinical review

An overview of mitral valve disease, including the aetiology and clinical features...

Clinical review of  infective endocarditis: diagnosis and management

Clinical review of infective endocarditis: diagnosis and management

The diagnosis and management of infective endocarditis, including investigations...

Aortic valve disease: clinical review

Aortic valve disease: clinical review

Clinical features of aortic valve disease, secondary care options and the latest...

Cardiac rehabilitation: impact and uptake

Cardiac rehabilitation: impact and uptake

An overview of the evidence for cardiac rehabilitation, including the core components...

NICE recommends heart attack patients take ticagrelor for longer period

NICE recommends heart attack patients take ticagrelor for longer period

Patients who have had a heart attack or stroke should continue to receive the anticoagulant...

One in three AF patients not receiving anticoagulants to manage stroke risk

One in three AF patients not receiving anticoagulants to manage stroke risk

A third of known AF patients in the UK - over a quarter of a million people - are...

Use of newer oral anticoagulants in AF

Use of newer oral anticoagulants in AF

A guide to using novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke prevention in non-valvular...

NOAC prescribing varies 16-fold between CCG areas

NOAC prescribing varies 16-fold between CCG areas

The proportion of AF patients at high risk of stroke who are receiving anticoagulation...

NICE backs new options to lower cholesterol when statins fall short

NICE backs new options to lower cholesterol when statins fall short

NICE has backed two last-line options to treat patients with high cholesterol who...

Peripheral arterial disease: identification and management

Peripheral arterial disease: identification and management

Diagnosis and management of peripheral arterial disease, including risk factors,...

Coronary heart disease in women

Coronary heart disease in women

Common presenting symptoms in women with CHD and conditions that raise cardiovascular...

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