(see also the Proactive Care page for general advice on managing LTCs)
UCLPartners have developed resources which include clinical guides and searches as well as training for proactive care of patients with CVD (including hypertension, AF, diabetes and cholesterol)
- Covid-19 Resources from the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society including a practical guide to CVD prevention during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Learning bites from Primary Care Cardiovascular Society for management during COVID-19 pandemic including: Switch from warfarin to DOAC, Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Failure
Webinar on Structured Medicine Review for patients with heart failure and hypertension
ACEi/ARBs in Covid
- ACE-inhibitor and ARB use during the Covid-19 outbreak – Position Statement from King’s Health Partners
Summary: King’s Health Partners cardiovascular department strongly recommends that all patient using ACE-i/ARB for hypertension, post MI LV dysfunction, hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, and heart failure with reduced ejection fraction should continue treatment with their usual therapy during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- NICE Rapid Evidence Summary on ACEs and ARBs in people with or at risk of Covid-19
- Public article from the British Heart Foundation about ACE inhibitors, ARBs and the links with coronavirus
- Advice for patients taking ACEi/ARBs and COVID
Heart Failure Management
- Southwark: Clinical Effectiveness Southwark’s (CES) Guide for Heart Failure .
- General principles of Heart Failure Management during COVID-19 March 2021
- Heart Failure management remains largely the same during Covid, but please remember that it is a risk factor for worse outcomes for Covid patients, so patients’ HF management should be proactively optimised when possible.
Patient information for Heart Disease and Heart Failure
- Patient information: Coronavirus and heart disease (British Heart Foundation)
- Patient information: Living with HF during Covid (Pumping Marvellous Foundation – the UK’s heart failure patient-led charity)
Stroke/TIA mobile helpline
The stroke team have set up a direct mobile. It is manned Mon-Fri 9-5 and they welcome all calls regarding stroke /TIA. 07825023845
Primary care referrals can be made by phoning TIA MOBILE or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org (Out of hours). Please see our website for the TIA pathway and GP referral form. All patients referred should receive the TIA patient information leaflet. https://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/our-services/stroke/referrals.aspx