Journal reading

Chronic heart failure

The clinical diagnosis of heart failure should be confirmed by echocardiogram to determine the underlying mechanism and to measure the left ventricular ejection fraction.

  • Cost: free

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Ingrid Hopper and Kellie Easton Aust Prescr 2017;40:128-136




This activity should take approximately 1 hour to complete. It can be included in a pharmacist’s CPD Plan for either one Group 1 credit or, on successful completion of the assessment activity, two Group 2 credits. Pharmacists should self-record this activity for CPD purposes.

Pharmacy Competency Standards

1.6 Contribute to continuous improvement in quality and safety

3.2 Implement the medication management strategy or plan

3.3 Monitor and evaluate medication management



This activity has been designed to take around 1 hour to complete - this is based on reading the article from an issue of Australian Prescriber and completing a quiz. You will be provided with immediate feedback on your answers and a certificate of completion will be available for you to download for self-reporting purposes.


Learning objectives

  1. Recognise the drugs used to treat chronic heart failure.
  2. Identify adverse effects of treatment.