Heart Failure

Welcome to this module on the Role of Primary Care in the Management of Heart Failure. Access to the module is restricted to qualified General Practitioners and the website requires registration and an enrolment key which is provided by the ICGP. If you are a member of the public seeking information on Heart Failure, please see the following link: Heartbeat Trust http://heartbeattrust.org/

Module Overview

External CPD Credits: 3
GMS Study Leave: 1/2 day
No. of Lessons: 4 
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


This eLearning module is divided into 4 key lessons, which comprise a video presentation conveying the core material; supplementary videos, where non-core material is presented; and relevant printable and downloadable material. Most presentations are under 10 minutes long to facilitate opportunistic learning. A sample audit document is also included.

Development of this module was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Servier Laboratories Ireland.


      The 4 lessons are as follows:
      • Lesson 1: Epidemiology, Aetiology & Classification of Heart Failure 
        This lesson provides some detail on the prevalence heart failure, highlights the importance of the ejection fraction, outlines risk factors and summarises the classification based on function. 
      • Lesson 2: Diagnosis of Heart Failure
        This lesson summarises key questions and investigations in the diagnosis of heart failure. 
      • Lesson 3: Management of Heart Failure 
        This lesson outlines current recommended strategies for management of heart failure - both pharmacological & non-pharmacological.  
      • Lesson 4: Monitoring, Decompensation & Palliative care 
        This lesson discusses issues pertinent to effective monitoring of patients with heart failure, and considers also occasions when treatment is no longer effective.


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The following links are provided to support this eLearning course and to provide you with information for patients. Many are also available within the associated lesson. (Please Note: These are third party links).
Clinician Links
European Society of Cardiology (ESC) 
Medical Profession Information, Irish Heart Foundation 
Role of Palliative Care in Management of Heart Failure, Irish Hospice Foundation 
Patient Links
Heart Failure Page, Irish Heart Foundation 
Step by Step through Heart Failure, Irish Heart Foundation 
Living Well with Heart Failure, Irish Heart Foundation 
Patient Information Booklets, Irish Heart Foundation 
Heart Health Leaflets, Irish Heart Foundation 
Heart Failure Matters, European Society for Cardiology 
Last modified: Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 12:32 PM