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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What the NICE chronic heart failure guideline means for frontline GPs

What the NICE chronic heart failure guideline means for frontline GPs

NICE's updated chronic heart failure guideline, published on Wednesday, spells out...

Red flag symptoms: Numbness

Red flag symptoms: Numbness

Causes of numbness range from the benign to severely life-threatening, says Dr Roopa...

Red flag symptoms: Arrhythmias

Red flag symptoms: Arrhythmias

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

New report suggests 5.7m UK adults are living with undiagnosed hypertension

New report suggests 5.7m UK adults are living with undiagnosed hypertension

Millions of UK adults could be suffering from undiagnosed high blood pressure (BP),...

Chest pain - red flag symptoms

Chest pain - red flag symptoms

Causes and management of chest pain in primary care and red flag symptoms that should...

Guidance update: latest NICE guidelines on chest pain

Guidance update: latest NICE guidelines on chest pain

Dr Ivan Benett and Dr Toni Hazell offer a free module on how to implement NICE guidance...

More GP specialists needed to manage rising tide of cardiovascular disease

More GP specialists needed to manage rising tide of cardiovascular disease

Heart failure cases are driving up GP workload despite the success of preventative...

GPs should scour records for familial hypercholesterolaemia risk, says NICE

GPs should scour records for familial hypercholesterolaemia risk, says NICE

GPs should systematically examine their records to identify patients who may have...

New educational resource to help GPs detect aortic stenosis early

New educational resource to help GPs detect aortic stenosis early

A new interactive educational resource for GPs has been launched to support the early...

Case study: Breathlessness on exertion

Case study: Breathlessness on exertion

The clinical approach to a patient with breathlessness caused by aortic valve disease...

Statins cut coronary heart disease deaths by 28% in men with high cholesterol

Statins cut coronary heart disease deaths by 28% in men with high cholesterol

Daily statins reduce deaths from coronary heart disease by 28% in men with very high...

GPs fear workload surge as NICE backs statins for 'almost all' over-60s

GPs fear workload surge as NICE backs statins for 'almost all' over-60s

GPs fear huge workload rises after researchers found NICE's updated statin risk threshold...

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