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Straight from the heart: GP insights into the recently updated heart failure guidelines

RALPH AUDEHM, GARY KILOV

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Abstract

The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) recently held its annual scientific meeting in Brisbane. A highlight from the congress was the presentation of the updated guidelines for the prevention, detection and management of chronic heart failure in Australia. Associate Professor Kilov joined Cardiology Today in Brisbane and interviewed his colleague Associate Professor Audehm, a member of the heart failure guidelines working group, about the main updates from the guidelines that are relevant to GP practice. The full interview can be viewed at: https://cardiologytoday.com.au/csanz2018videos/feature-interview.html

Article Extract

Ralph Audehm: There are a couple of things from the updated guidelines that are really important for GPs. The first is about what to do with patients who have a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) of 40 to 50% – it has caused a lot of consternation within primary care. Previously there was a gap with no formal approach to this group of people.

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