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Heart failure clinical resources

Clinical resources for health care professionals to improve the management of patients with heart failure.

Heart failure guidelines: A concise summary for General Practitioners 

GPs have a vital role in the management of patients with heart failure in the community. This article provides a concise and practical summary of the latest guidelines for heart failure, with a focus on their application in the diagnosis and management of patients with heart failure in general practice.  

This article contains information based on current evidence and recommendations about: 
  • Key practice points 
  • Heart failure prevention 
  • Diagnosis and monitoring of heart failure 
  • Heart failure diagnostic criteria 
  • Diagnostic work-up and management of suspected heart failure 
  • Management of HFrEF 
  • Treatment considerations  
  • Models of care to improve evidence-based practice 
  • Approach to managing comorbidities in patients with heart failure 
  • Suggested quality of care measures for patients with heart failure.  

Heart Failure Guidelines: A concise summary for the GP (PDF)

HEART Online: Heart Education Assessment Rehabilitation Toolkit 

HEART Online is a cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure management toolkit that supports clinicians in delivering evidence-based care. It includes resources for: 

  • Behaviour changes 
  • Psychosocial issues 
  • Medications 
  • Patient education 
  • Treatment and management
There are also calculators for BMI, waist size, cost of smoking and target heart rate.  


Visit Heart Online

Heart Failure Toolkit: Reducing readmissions 

The Heart Failure Toolkit is a resource developed to help clinicians decrease the readmission rate for heart failure in Australia. Using data collected from the Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions Project, it combines a targeted approach to reducing heart failure readmissions and decreasing variance in care.  

The Heart Failure Toolkit includes resources for: 

  • Patient-centred outcome measures for heart failure 
  • Systematic capture of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)  
  • Readmissions scorecard developed using the Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset (VAED). 

Download Heart Failure Toolkit (PDF)

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