Chronic heart failure: Role of the GP in management

Authors: Piterman, LeonYang, HuiYin, Zhaoxia

The commonest cause of chronic heat failure in China is ischemic heart disease, followed by hypertension and valvular heart disease. Echocardiography is essential in establishing a diagnosis as well as helping to identify a cause and to monitor progress. Management includes nonpharmacological as well as pharmacological treatment, and self-care with careful monitoring of salt and fluid intake as well as regular weight measurement. Care planning and team-based care are essential in managing patients with chronic heart failure, who often have concurrent multimorbidity and are receiving polypharmacy.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15212/FMCH.2018.0100

Keywords: Chronic heart failuregeneral practiceteam based care