Course type: Online; Self-Paced
Duration: Available for 2 months
Time required: Up to 2 hour per module
Target Audience: General Practitioner and Hospital Care Physicians
Level: Intermediate and Advanced
About the CHeFS- Comprehensive Heart Failure Simulations
Heart failure is a clinical syndrome caused by structural and/or functional cardiac abnormality, leading to reduced cardiac output and/or elevated intracardiac pressures at rest or during stress.
CHeFS – Comprehensive Heart Failure Simulations course allows, through simulation with virtual patients, to establish the best therapeutic approach according to the best available evidence.
This course is based on evidence-based practice recommendations, focused on the diagnosis and treatment of HF, including explanatory videos enhancing learning.
General Practitioner and Hospital Care Physicians
- 10 Modules
The CHeFS – Comprehensive Heart Failure Simulations consists of 10 modules with virtual patient cases, with an intermediate level of complexity.
- Online, Self-paced
You have up to 2 months to complete the 10 modules at your own pace.
- Certificate of Completion
After completing the course, you will be given a Certificate of Completion that can be added to your CV or Resume.
What you will learn:
By undertaking this course, the physicians will be prepared to:
- Diagnose and risk-stratify acute chronic heart failure
- Distinguish between heart failure with preserved and reduced ejection fraction
- Optimize medical treatment for all heart failure patients
Meet the Course Director
Professor Pedro Monteiro
Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Cardiology Consultant - Coimbra University Hospital
Module 1 - The new age of chronic heart failure
Context: Modern heart failure management often requires upgrading medical therapy in patients that still have symptoms. The new guidelines help us improve the clinical condition and prognosis of those patients.
Virtual Scenario: Mr. Liu has recently retired from his job. He has been losing his energy with small efforts at home, going up and down the stairs. He also has a medical history of alcoholism and smoking.
Module 2 - Is three too much or not enough?
Context: Modern heart failure management often requires upgrading medical therapy in patients that still have symptoms. The new guidelines help us improve the clinical condition and prognosis of those patients, even if they are on triple therapy.
Virtual Scenario: Ms. Wilkins hasn’t been feeling well lately. Daily tasks seem to leave her without any energy, even before completing them. A family member recommended she see a doctor, which is why she is here at the clinic.
Module 3 - Fantastic four
Context: Modern heart failure management often requires upgrading medical therapy in patients that still have symptoms. The new guidelines help us improve the clinical condition and prognosis of those patients, even if they are on suboptimal medical therapy.
Virtual Scenario: Mr. Reed really enjoys socializing with his friends. He has dinner with his friends every week, but at his last dinner, his colleagues noticed that he felt very tired and with shortness of breath when he made small efforts. They talked to him and he made a routine appointment.
Module 4 - Is normal really normal?
Context: Is shortness of breath always a heart condition? This case allows us to assess differential diagnosis and identify cardiac patients in need for optimizing optimal therapy
Virtual Scenario: Mr. Norwood has recently been feeling unwell. He often gasps for air when going for a walk. Concerns for his health started to settle in, and he decided to seek medical care.
Module 5 - A blank page, a falling heart
Context: When we have a patient with a recent diagnosis of heart failure, which should be our priorities? Which exams should be ordered? Which drugs should be started?
Virtual Scenario: Mr. Wongwirot has not been very much concerned with his health. Instead, his social and economic situation preoccupied him during the past decades. Consequently, this man has struggled to provide for his family for most of his life. However, it took its toll on his health.
Module 6 - Beyond water
Context: Diuretics make the patient feel better, with less dyspnea and fatigue. Does this mean that diuretics are all it takes to improve patient prognosis?
Virtual Scenario: Mr. Churo has been feeling poorly for most of the last year. However, he firmly believes in being autonomous and independent. Consequently, he has stubbornly refused his family’s pleas to see a doctor. That is, until now.
Module 7 - 20 minutes to the end
Context: Severe dyspnea, no pulse, no urinary output. Is this the end? Or can we rapidly do something about it?
Virtual Scenario: Mr. Garner initially collapsed on the street and was resuscitated. He was presented with coronary artery disease (acute occlusion of the prox. LAD and RCX) with severely depressed ejection fraction, EF=30% by echocardiography. The patient presented with severe and persistent cardiogenic shock.
Module 8 - How to deal with a little drama?
Context: In heart failure, a few days can make all the difference. Swollen legs, shortness of breath, another visit to the ER. Can we change the patient’s outlook?
Virtual Scenario: Mr. Perry reports he has been getting more short of breath from walking across the room and has to sleep in a recliner. He has gained considerable weight over the past 3 weeks. He noticed a little chest pressure yesterday, which has resolved. He continues to be substantially short of breath.
Module 9 - Is sugar the answer?
Context: Diabetes and heart failure often go hand to hand. However, if a heart failure patient is not diabetic can we still benefit from sugar-lowering drugs?
Virtual Scenario: Mr. Pollard came to the emergency room with complaints of easy fatigue and dyspnea on moderate effort with two weeks of evolution that worsened today.
Module 10 - Getting into reason
Context: For heart failure patients everything can be a game-changer. Can a cardiac arrhythmia spell the end for this lady?
Virtual Scenario: Ms. Harris came to the emergency room with complaints of easy fatigue and dyspnea on moderate effort with four weeks of evolution that worsened today.
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