The guidelines for managing patients with chronic heart failure were discussed during the latest instalment of the cardiology webinar series at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).

The series, titled What Does the Non-Cardiologist Need to Know About Cardiology? is aimed at physicians, particularly those in primary care roles, who treat patients with common cardiac conditions in their clinics but who are not specialist cardiology consultants themselves.

The series is presented by Dr Islam Elgendy, assistant professor of medicine at WCM-Q, an interventional cardiologist and outcomes researcher.

Risk factors

Dr Islam Elgendy
Dr Islam Elgendy

According to Dr Elgendy, more than six million people in the United States and over 23 million worldwide suffer from heart failure. He said that there are approximately one million hospitalisations each year for heart failure in the US and the risk increases with age.

Risk factors for heart failure are coronary heart disease, cigarette smoking, hypertension, low physical activity, being male, low educational attainment, being overweight, diabetes, and valvular heart disease, in that order.

Participants who joined the webinar learned how to summarise the guidelines for the management of a range of common cardiac conditions in the outpatient setting. They also learned the indications for a number of common cardiac medications commonly prescribed by primary care physicians. In addition, the webinar also featured a precis of the diagnosis and classification of different stages of heart failure and how to treat them. Dr Elgendy then guided the participants through a detailed case study of a 68-year-old man with heart failure. He concluded the session by taking questions from the audience.

The event was accredited by the Department of Healthcare Professions – Accreditation Section at the Ministry of Public Health and by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

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