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3 12 Cardiovascular Health

Summary

  • Cardiovascular problems are an important cause of morbidity and mortality
  • Managing the risk factors for cardiovascular problems is an essential part of health promotion activity in primary care
  • As a general practitioner you should be competent in the management of cardiovascular emergencies in primary care
  • Accurate diagnosis of symptoms that may potentially be caused by cardiovascular causes is a key competence for general practice

Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for the 'Cardiovascular Health' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.


Mr Black is a 58-year-old man who presents to your clinic with a history of central chest pain radiating to the left arm. This occurs on exertion and is relieved by rest. It started about one month ago and has not got any worse.....     

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.     

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.     

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