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In this episode, which has been recorded for Chronic Conditions Month 2022, Dr Yassir Javaid (Cardiovascular and Diabetes Lead, Northamptonshire CCG) and Dr Steve Holmes (GP, Shepton Mallet and Clinical Respiratory Lead, NHS England South West and NHS Somerset) discuss the "heart–lung connection" – specifically, the overlap between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure. What are the challenges in distinguishing between these conditions when they present in general practice, and how can they be addressed? After diagnosing a patient with either COPD or heart failure, how important is it to also look for the condition?
Steroids are prescribed for a range of health conditions. In this podcast, which has been recorded for Chronic Conditions Month 2021, Dr Steve Holmes (Clinical Respiratory Lead for NHS Somserset) and Dr Kevin Fernando (GP Partner at North Berwick Health Centre and Education Director for GPnotebook Education) discuss the factors that primary care clinicians need to be aware of when prescribing these drugs. What are the most common side effects with steroid use? What do clinicians need to do to minimise the risk of adrenal crisis when withdrawing steroids? What should sick-day guidance look like for people on long-term steroid treatment? How vigilant do clinicians need to be for steroid-induced diabetes?

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