Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Mechanical Engineering (cod. 5724)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student knows the design process of medical devices applied in the cardiovascular field, starting from the conception, patenting, experimentation, clinical validation and regulatory aspects. He is able to describe the operating principles of cardiovascular devices, the design problems, the state of the art and future development prospects, always taking into consideration the problems of interaction with the human body and patient safety.

Course contents

  • Introduction to cardiovascular medical device design: regulatory and patent aspects
  • The cardiovascular system
  • Biomaterials for cardiovascular devices
  • Heart-lung machine
  • Cardiac valve prostheses
  • Vascular prostheses
  • Percutaneous devices for heart valve repair
  • Devices for angioplasty and coronary stents
  • Total artificial heart
  • Ventricular assist devices
  • Pacemaker
  • Implantable defibrillator
  • Monitoring devices


Lecture notes provided by the professor. The lecture notes will be made available in IOL.

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment methods

The exam includes an oral exam.

The exam aims to evaluate the student's theoretical knowledge. Analysis and synthesis skills, language properties and clarity of concepts and exposure are also evaluated.

Teaching tools

Projector, PC.

Office hours

See the website of Emanuela Marcelli