08957 - Cardiovascular Diseases (A-K-A)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

Course contents

  • Stable coronary artery disease: definition, pathophysiology, classification, and epidemiology. Atherosclerosis: formation of atherosclerotic plaque. Risk factors. Laboratory tests. Diagnostic tests: resting ECG, exercise stress tests, Holter monitoring, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology tests, cardiac CT, cardiac MRI Characteristics of chest discomfort. ECG changes during ischemia. Risk Stratification.  Medical therapy. Clinical indications for revascularization procedures.
  • Arrhythmias: Classification. Mechanisms. Supraventricular tachycardias:  Definition and classification. Sinus tachycardia; Premature supraventricular contractions; Atrial fibrillation: pathophysiology, symptoms, ECG characteristics, natural history. Complications and risk stratification. Initial medical management, ablation, and cardioversion. Follow-up plan and long-term management. Atrial flutter; Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome; Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. ECG characteristics. Ventricular tachycardias: Premature ventricular contractions; Ventricular tachycardia; Ventricular fibrillation; ECG characteristics. Management.  Bradycardias and conduction blocks: Definition and classification. Sinus bradycardia; Sick sinus syndrome; Atrioventricular blocks;  Bundle branch blocks. ECG characteristics. Management.
  • Syncope: pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, treatment.


  • Updated teaching material, will be made available on the platform for teaching support service:Virtuale

Teaching methods

  • Slides presentation supported lectures with discussion breaks
  • Teaching resources and material: teaching material presented in class will be made available online on the platform for teaching support service:Virtuale

Assessment methods

The final exam will be an oral exam consisting of a minimum of two, or possibly more questions on the obligatory readings (books and lecture notes) focusing on the educational objectives and topics of the course of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Apparatus Diseases (I.C.).

Teaching tools

  • Projector, PC
  • Platform for teaching support service: Insegnamenti online - IOL

Office hours

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