About the Course
With the restructuring of health care in India, one of the major changes in patient care has been a shift from subspecialty care to primary care. Despite major progress in the development of effective therapies to reduce mortality and morbidity from cardiovascular disease, it is becoming the leading cause of mortality in India, where heart ailments have replaced communicable diseases as the biggest killer. According to recent data, approximately 30 percent of the urban population and 15 percent of the population living in rural areas, suffer from high blood pressure and heart attacks. According to government data, the prevalence of heart failure in India due to coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and rheumatic heart disease, ranges from 1.3 to 4.6 million, with an annual incidence of 491,600-1.8 million.
Although effective treatments exist, there is a wide therapeutic gap between guidelines and practice. Reducing this gap has the potential to save lives. General Practitioners are at the forefront of assessment, management and follow-up of patients with cardiovascular disease. Over 50 percent of the patients suffering from a heart attack die before they reach the hospital. General Practitioners can play a very important role in saving these lives.
IMA CGP has launched the Fellowship in Primary Care Cardiology to equip such first-consult doctors, with the latest clinically-relevant information, and to mentor them in competently handling all aspects of cardiovascular disease.
General Practitioners, MBBS Doctors.
Course Delivery Format
The One year Fellowship in Primary Care Cardiology aims at providing a General practitioner with comprehensive up-to-date knowledge and skills in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in their clinical practice.
At the end of this course, the General Practitioner will be able to provide better patient care through an increased ability to:
- Identify risk factors for development of coronary artery disease (CAD) and advise optimum primary prevention measures
- Understand various testing options and data on screening studies for CAD and how to apply this information to the management of patients at risk for CAD
- Evaluate patients with essential hypertension, malignant hypertension and secondary hypertension
- Provide primary care and follow up of patients with various Cardiovascular diseases
- Identify congenital cardiac diseases in children, and initiate management strategies for such
- Determine when to refer the patient to a Cardiologist/other specialist