Cardiovascular Physiology

Course content

This course is theoretical and covers the integrated physiology of the cardiovascular system. Subjects include: EC coupling and cardiac output, pacemaking, ECG and arrhythmia, blood flow, blood pressure and vascular resistance, the endothelial cell, solute exchange, vascular smooth muscle, control of blood vessels and blood pressure regulation, circulation, cardiovascular receptors and responses, and pathological situations.

Five weeks of theoretical teaching with a total of 18 lectures closely following the book “An introduction to cardiovascular physiology”, and 3 research lectures describing different research topics within the field of cardiovascular physiology.

Education

MSc in Human Biology - Elective

Learning outcome

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

Knowledge

  • Electrical impulses in the heart
  • Ion current and ECG
  • Excitation contraction coupling
  • Pumping of the heart
  • Regulation of the heart beat
  • Malfunctioning of the heart
  • Cardiac output and peripheral pulse
  • Flow, pressure and resistance
  • Endothelial cells
  • Microcirculation and solute exchange
  • Vascular smooth muscle cells
  • Control of blood vessels
  • Cardiovascular receptors
  • Co-ordinated cardiovascular responses

 

Skills

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the function and regulation of the cardiovascular system
  • Understand how the cardiac electrical impulse is generated and spreading to the cardiac muscle
  • Understand the coupling between electrical activity, contraction and pumping of the heart
  • General understanding of the regulatory functions of the vasculature
  • Understand blood pressure regulation
  • Understand how the cardiovascular system is co-ordinated
  • Pathophysiological understanding of the cardiovascular system
  • Demonstrate oral communication in a physiological scientific language

 

Competence

  • Broad understanding of the one of the most important physiological systems – the cardiovascular system

Teaching is primarily based on lectures where the students are included

Levick: “An introduction to cardiovascular physiology” 
Lecture notes

A basic understanding of physiology and a bachelor degree in Molecular biomedicine, Biology, Biochemistry, Exercise and Sports, or related educations.

ECTS
5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation
Oral examination, 45 minutes
Participation in at least 80% of the lectures and theoretical exercises.
Presentation and discussion of a theme, including a scientific original paper, within the area of cardiovascular physiology at an adequate level (45 min) in groups of 2 or 3 students.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal examinator
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the grade Passed, the student must adequately be able to

Knowledge

  • Electrical impulses in the heart
  • Ion current and ECG
  • Excitation contraction coupling
  • Pumping of the heart
  • Regulation of the heart beat
  • Malfunctioning of the heart
  • Cardiac output and peripheral pulse
  • Flow, pressure and resistance
  • Endothelial cells
  • Microcirculation and solute exchange
  • Vascular smooth muscle cells
  • Control of blood vessels
  • Cardiovascular receptors
  • Co-ordinated cardiovascular responses

 

Skills

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the function and regulation of the cardiovascular system
  • Understand how the cardiac electrical impulse is generated and spreading to the cardiac muscle
  • Understand the coupling between electrical activity, contraction and pumping of the heart
  • General understanding of the regulatory functions of the vasculature
  • Understand blood pressure regulation
  • Understand how the cardiovascular system is co-ordinated
  • Pathophysiological understanding of the cardiovascular system
  • Demonstrate oral communication in a physiological scientific language

 

Competence

  • Broad understanding of the one of the most important physiological systems – the cardiovascular system

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 6
  • Lectures
  • 21
  • Preparation
  • 109
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 137