Cardiovascular Physiology

Course content

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. In 12 theoretical exercises the students should present scientific research publications, chosen by the lecturer, for the class.


MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine

Learning outcome

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.


Learning Outcome


-          Electrical impulses in the heart

-          Ion current and ECG

-          Excitation contraction coupling

-          Pumping of the heart

-          Regulation of the heart beat

-          Malfunction 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


-          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

-          Learn to present research results

-          Participate in scientific discussions

-          Demonstrate oral communication in a physiological scientific language


-          Broad understanding of the one of the most important physiological systems the cardiovascular system

-          Science

-          Communicate verbally in a scientific language and present results in power point in a clear and informative way

-          Critical assessment of research papers

Teaching is primarily based on lectures, where the students are included, and on theoretical exercises where students must present and discuss scientific results from a publication.

Levick: “An introduction to cardiovascular physiology” 
Research papers
Lecture notes

A basic understanding of physiology

A bachelor degree in Molecular biomedicine, Biology, Biochemistry, Exercise and Sports, or related educations.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Course participation
Active participation in the discussions (50%) and presentation of a scientific publication (50 %)
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners/co-examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome


  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 18
  • Lectures
  • 24
  • Preparation
  • 164
  • English
  • 206