Using the latest research, Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care addresses the importance of managing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the primary care population. CVD is the commonest cause of death in the UK, so effective prevention strategies, early identification of life-threatening disease, timely investigation, use of evidence-based treatment and continuity of care are all of vital importance. This book describes how these important areas of CVD management can be addressed in primary care. Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care starts with an overview of CVD. There is then an extensive chapter on prevention that provides information on risk calculation and the management of cardiovascular risk factors, including hypertension, lipids and diabetes. The book covers the spectrum of CVD with chapters on coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease and erectile dysfunction, cardiac arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, valvular and structural heart disease, heart failure and venous thromboembolism. The final chapter discusses the management of common CVD emergencies. Case-based discussions and self-assessment questions accompany the chapters. Reference is given to the MRCGP curriculum and the core competencies required by GPs.