Education: GP

HeFSSA’s aim during GP workshops is to educate as many general practitioners as possible on Heart Failure and general Cardiology.

Please contact the HeFSSA office if you want to learn more about these events or if you want to participate in any of the programs.

HeFSSA Non-Cardiologist Webinar Series Video: Diabetes & Heart Failure

HeFSSA Non-Cardiologist Webinar Series Video: Heart Failure and COVID-19 

HeFSSA Non-Cardiologist Webinar Series Video: A Review of the Heart Failure Guidelines 2020

HeFSSA Non-Cardiologist Webinar Series Video: Contemporary Heart Failure Management

HEFSSA GP 2019 Case Study 1

HEFSSA GP 2019 Case Study 2

HEFSSA GP 2019 Case Study 3

HEFSSA GP 2019 Case Study 4

HEFSSA GP 2018 Case Study 1

HEFSSA GP 2018 Case Study 2

HEFSSA GP 2018 Case Study 3

HEFSSA GP 2018 Case Study 4

HEFSSA GP 2017 Case Study 1

HEFSSA GP 2017 Case Study 2

HEFSSA GP 2017 Case Study 3

HEFSSA GP 2017 Case Study 4

HEFSSA PRACTITIONERS PROGRAM 2016: CASE STUDY 1

HEFSSA PRACTITIONERS PROGRAM 2016: CASE STUDY 2

HEFSSA PRACTITIONERS PROGRAM 2016: CASE STUDY 3

HEFSSA PRACTITIONERS PROGRAM 2016: CASE STUDY 4

HeFSSA Practitioners Program 2015: Case 1

HeFSSA Practitioners Program 2015: Case 2

HeFSSA Practitioners Program 2015: Case 3

HeFSSA Practitioners Program 2015: Case 4

HeFSSA Practitioners Program 2014 - Case 2 - A patient with known HF-REF, related to burnt out sarcoidosis, with LBBB, and a history of intermittent atrial fibrillation, presents after days of deteriorating functional class into casualty with severe SOB on exertion, but comfortable at rest. This is a good case to discuss the next commonest form of AHF - deterioration in patient with known HF-REF. The pathophysiology in this case ( in contrast to case 1) is or of fluid overload and gradual neurohormonal activation. The importance of precipitating factors will be highlighted, a brief discussion of sarcoidosis and the heart, and the approach to management with higher dose diuretics, possible inotrope use, the problem of withdrawal of background therapy will be discussed. The role of devices will be discussed here together with other options to prevent recurrent hospitalisations.

HeFSSA Practitioners Program 2014 - Case 3 - An elderly woman presents with chest pain intermittently over days, associated with SOB and fatigue and 1 episode of syncope. She has been hypertensive in the past and has refused to take statins for her Hypercholesterolemia because she says she is too old. She presents to casualty at 00H30 on a Sunday evening after returning from Australia on the Saturday. This case is to illustrate the wide differential associated with a diagnosis of AHF - and is to illustrate that the question must be asked about if this is not AHF, what else could it be- eg Pulmonary Embolus, Pneumonia etc. It also highlights the cardiac differential diagnoses including ACS, tight aortic stenosis, bilateral renal artery stenoses etc. the timing of her casualty visit is important as often these patients present when the least experienced doctors are on duty and the challenge of diagnosing the condition is significant. The role of statins in the elderly can also be discussed. This is a case of ACS related to severe CAD, but the differential should be discussed , as well as the management of ACS and AHF.

HeFSSA Practitioners Program 2014 - Case 4 - A talk on HF-PEF, it's presumed pathophysiology, associated conditions and "failed" trials of therapy. The point that these patients have a worse prognosis than just hypertensive patients without heart failure should be made. 

ESC Guidelines on Chronic Heart Failure - HeFSSA Practitioners Program 2013

Clinical Case Presentation 3 - HeFSSA Practitioners Program 2013

Clinical Case Presentation 2 - HeFSSA Practitioners Program 2013

Introduction and Clinical Case Presentation 1 - HeFSSA Practitioners Program 2013

The Causes, Treatment and Outcome of Acute Heart Failure in 1006 Africans from 9 Countries - This investigation seeks to describe the characteristics, treatment and outcomes of patients admitted with acute heart failure in sub-Saharan Africa

Predictors of outcome in 176 South African patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy - First published October 31 2012.

Lecture 1: Update on chronic heart failure 2012 - Download the lecture in PDF format here

Lecture 2: Update on acute heart failure 2012 - Download the lecture in PDF format here

Lecture 3: Update on the use of devices and end stage heart failure 2012 - Download the lecture in PDF format here

Lecture 4: Diagnosis and management of right heart failure 2012 - Download the lecture in PDF format here

HeFSSA Case Study 1 - Managing Heart Failure in Pregnancy or Post Partum

HeFSSA Case Study 2 - Managing Heart Failure in Pregnancy or Post Partum

HeFSSA Case Study 3 - Mr H Coetzer - SA Heart Meeting

HeFSSA Case Study 4 - Aortic Stenosis

HeFSSA Case  Study 5 - Who to refer for an Echocardiogram by Cristina F Radulescu

HeFSSA Case Study 6 - Peripartum Cardiomyopathy – A typical case

Module 1a - HeFSSA GP Meeting Epidemiology of HF 2011

Module 1b - HeFSSA GP Meeting Pathophysiology of HF 2011

Module 1c - HeFSSA GP Meeting Diseases Causing HF 2011

Module 2a - HeFSSA GP Meeting Diagnosis and Investigation of HF 2011

Module 2b - HeFSSA GP Meeting Treatment of HF 2011