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DFM3010 - Cardiovascular health

4 points, SCA Band 3, 0.0833333 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Sanjiva Wijesinha


Clayton First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)


This unit focuses on the modern assessment and management of cardiovascular problems encountered by the general practitioner. The following areas are dealt with in detail: Hypertension; Chest Pain; Arrhythmias; Palpitations and syncope; Heart Failure.


On completing this unit, students will:

  1. Appreciate the major issues in cardiovascular health today;
  2. Understand how to assess and advise patients having chest pain, syncope, hypertension, arrhythmias and heart failure;
  3. Be aware of the currently available investigations for diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease;
  4. Be familiar with modern methods of interventional cardiology; and
  5. Develop skills in conducting a clinical audit - either in screening for risk factors or in the management of cardiac failure - and gain an understanding of the potential of audits to improve clinical practice.


Journal (P/F)
Clinical Audit (50%)
2 Essays (25% each)

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