69884 - Cardiac Surgery

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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 Quality education

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Summarize the principles, applications and outcomes of cardiac surgical procedures.

Course contents

Coronary artery disease. Indications and surgical options for myocardial revascularization. Surgical options for the mechanical complications of the myocardial infarction.

Heart Valve Surgery. Indications and treatment of the various heart valve diseases.

Aortic dissection. Definition, epidemiology, pathogenesis, predisposing factors, indications and treatments.

Heart failure. Surgical treatments: Heart transplant and VADS.


Suggested texbooks:

1) Kirklin/Barratt-Boyes Cardiac Surgery, 4th Edition - Saunders

2) Cardiac Surgery in the Adult fifth edition – Mc Graw Hill.

Teaching methods

Lessons with slides and video

Opportunity to see the cardiac operations in operating room

Assessment methods

The final exam/final summative assessment will be an oral exam/assessment consisting of questions focusing on the educational objectives and topics of the integrated course of Thoracic and Vascular Diseases (I.C.)

Professors of the integrated courses participate in an overall collegial assessment of the student's final profit. The final summative assessment is expressed with a scale of grades from 18 to 30.

  • The final assessment (final summative assessment) is passed with a collegial grade of a minimum 18/30
  • Honors (cum laude) can be awarded in case of a final maximum collegial assessment (30/30)
  • The credits of the Integrated Course of Thoracic and Vascular Diseases (14 CFU) are awarded with a collegial grade of a minimum 18/30

If it is necessary to appoint several subcommittees for the same final summative assessment, the student has the right to ask, in advance, not later than the beginning of the assessment, to be assessed also by the professor responsible of the discipline

The final summative assessment takes also into account the level of mastery of the key concepts illustrated in the classroom, critical thinking and the ability to integrate the key concepts and take-home messages of the different modules of the integrated course.

Failure to pass the exam may be due to insufficient knowledge of these concepts.

Teaching tools

Intraoperative videos, animations and slides

Office hours

See the website of Davide Pacini