“Heart failure is the term used when the heart muscle loses the ability to pump blood volume around the body efficiently.” This happens because the heart muscle has become damaged or dilated (overstretched). “
Common causes for heart failure are myocardial infarction, valvular heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, hypertension, cardiomyopathy linked to congenital heart disease, viral infections and some cancer treatments. Other medical conditions which can impact on functionality of the heart muscle are alcohol abuse, obesity, uncontrolled arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, pulmonary hypertension in association to COPD and asthma. Early diagnosis and management of these conditions with optimal medical therapy and procedures can help to treat the condition and reduce the progression of heart failure. Therefore it is essential to understand the aetiology of the condition, common causes and risk factors that are linked to heart failure. The one day lecture in November on Heart failure
will help you to assess your patients for early signs and symptoms in the diagnosis of stable angina, unstable angina, myocardial infarction, heart failure, hypertension and other common conditions and risk factors which precipitate the condition.