Chronic heart failure

December 2010

AFP Cover 2010 December

Chronic heart failure

December 2010 Vol 39 (12) 881-992

The theme for the December issue of AFP is chronic heart failure. This month's articles include echocardiography, end stage heart failure, acute pulmonary oedema, heart failure management, treating common warts, lifestyle risk factors and Hepatitis A.


Acute pulmonary oedema

Management in general practice

Andrew Baird

Chronic heart failure

Management in general practice

Janice Charles, Graeme C Miller, Ying Pan

Chronic heart failure

Improving life with modern therapies

Andrew Sindone, Chris Naoum

Complementary medicine in general practice

A national survey of GP attitudes and knowledge

Marie Pirotta, Vicki Kotsirilos AM, Jared Brown, Jon Adams, Tessa Morgan, Margaret Williamson

Echocardiography in heart failure

A guide for general practice

David Prior, Jennifer Coller

End stage heart failure patients

Palliative care in general practice

David C Currow, Patricia M Davidson, Peter S Macdonald, Phillip J Newton

Heart failure management

A team based approach

Simon Stewart

Up front

Take heart general practice

Rachel Lee


A persistant sore throat

Jennifer L Pecina, Nathan Jacobson, Kale Bodily

Hepatitis A

Prevention in travellers

Cora A Mayer, Amy A Neilson

Hereditary haemochromatosis

Diagnosis and management

Katie Allen

Manning up for men’s mental illness

John Ogrodniczuk, John Oliffe

Treating common warts

Options and evidence

Lawrence Leung


Cardiovascular absolute risk assessment and management

Engagement and outcomes in general practice patients

Qing Wan, Nicholas A Zwar, Sanjyot Vagholkar, Terry Campbell, Mark F Harris

Lifestyle risk factors in general practice

Routine assessment and management

Elizabeth Denney-Wilson, Mahnaz Fanaian, Qing Wan, Sanjyot Vagholkar, Heike Schütze, Mark F Harris

Mailing GP reply letters after psychiatric assessment

A pilot randomised controlled trial

Robert Selzer, Michael McGartland, Fiona M Foley, Paul B Fitzgerald, Steve Ellen, Grant Blashki, Stuart J Lee


Fostering registrar research

A model to overcome barriers

Taryn Elliott, Caroline Laurence, Moira McCaul

GPs with special interests

Impacting on complex diabetes care

Claire Jackson, Jane Tsai, Cathy Brown, Deborah A Askew, Anthony Russell

Healthcare teams

A practical framework for integration

Julie Hepworth, John E Marley


AFP reviewers 2010

The healthcare reform agenda

A key role for GPs

John Knight

Back pages

Book reviews

Clinical challenge

Kate Molinari


AFP Podcasts

Interviews December 2010

Acute pulmonary oedema – Management in General Practice

Dr Baird discusses the syndrome of acute heart failure, and its possible clinical presentations. He briefly discussions precipitants and causes of cardiac failure, and the different types of cardiac failure, namely systolic versus diastolic heart failure. He discusses an approach to the assessment and management of acute pulmonary oedema, with a focus on general practice care. Dr Baird goes on to discuss post-acute care, in particular how GPs can optimise wellbeing and prognosis in chronic heart failure patients.

Duration: 21 minutes 7 seconds
File size: 5MB

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End stage heart failure patients – palliative care in general practice

Professor Davidson discusses the term palliative care, and how if is used in patients with chronic heart failure. She discusses the challenges involved in providing palliative care and advanced care planning to these patients, including challenges specific to general practice care and ensuring that cultural, psychological, social and spiritual needs are met along with medical needs. Professor Davidson goes on to discuss a few specific symptoms that can be seen in patients with chronic heart failure, and how these may be managed symptomatically.

Duration: 29 minutes 30 seconds
File size: 7MB

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