Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular is a 5 week course which will integrate structure and function of the cardiovascular systems. It will provide students with fundamental understanding of normal and abnormal functions as well as disease processes of both systems. These fundamental insights will prepare students to appreciate major diseases of these systems. This course will reinforce and advance the foundational understanding of therapeutic modalities involving these systems. Students will be introduced to diagnosis, including medical imaging and other diagnostic techniques and treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular systems. Small group sessions will use clinical case study to illuminate fundamental principles of biology and therapeutics.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Describe and/or recognize the structural features of the important components of the cardiovascular system and their function.
2. Describe fundamental principles of cardiovascular physiology.
3. Apply understanding of the cardiac action potential and conduction through the cardiac system to interpretation of the electrocardiogram.
4. Graphically describe the relationships between cardiac electrical events, pressures, volumes, valve motion, and heart sounds during the cardiac cycle.
5. Classify the major cardiovascular diseases according to their corresponding pathological categories and correlate clinical symptoms and signs to these categories.
6. Delineate the prevalent risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.
7. Describe and/or recognize the physiological adaptations to pathological processes of the major cardiovascular diseases.
8. Apply knowledge of diagnostic techniques to identify and treat cardiovascular diseases in clinical scenarios.
9. Apply knowledge of treatment modalities (pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic) to diseases of the cardiovascular systems in clinical scenarios.
10. Appreciate the impact of diseases of the cardiovascular systems on patients and their communities.