Chronic Heart Failure

An overview of chronic heart failure for nurses and carers who are not specialists in the condition and to promote an understanding of the treatment and management of patients with chronic heart failure including the safety and well-being of all patients who have chronic heart failure.


By the end of the course, candidates will be able to:

  • Discuss legal and professional responsibilities associated when caring for a person with chronic heart failure within local and national guidance
  • Describe anatomy and physiology of the heart
  • Define the key terms associated with heart failure
  • Discuss the common causes of chronic heart failure.
  • Outline the signs and symptoms of chronic heart failure.
  • Explain the rationale for different management approaches for patients with chronic heart failure.
  • Detail lifestyle changes that are prompted by diagnosis and how healthcare staff can assist with this
  • Describe the importance of planning for end of life care


Practitioners will be assessed by –

  • Ability to answer questions during course
  • Discussion following feedback from activities
  • Completing a post course knowledge assessment


Course content

  • Legal and professional considerations and responsibilities
  • Consent for care and treatment
  • Anatomy and physiology of the heart
  • Acute vs. Chronic heart failure
  • Background
  • Statistics
  • Causes of heart failure
  • Heart failure explained
  • Heart failure classifications
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Co-morbidities
  • Treatment options
  • Patient education
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medications
  • Implanted devices
  • Cardiac surgery
  • End of life care
  • Principles of Nursing Practice
  • Knowledge assessment


Medex Group Limited
Botanical Gardens Business Centre,
3 Southbourne Road,
S10 2QN

t: 0114 266 5264



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