This unit will develop enhanced understanding of how to effectively manage both cardiovascular risk to optimise health, and the cardiovascular complications that may occur in metabolic disease. It will facilitate increased confidence in the prevention and practical medical management of cardiovascular disease in its broadest sense. Epidemiology, changing demographics and classification will be considered. Atherogenesis, prothombotic and pro-inflammatory as well as profibrotic pathogenic concepts will be addressed before detailed exploration of large and small vessel disease and implications for brain, kidney and heart function (including ischaemic cardiomyopathy, diabetic cardiomyopathy and hypertensive cardiomyopathy). Peripheral arterial and venous disease, arrhythmogenic disturbances and platelet dysfunction and rheology will all be considered. This will be followed by an intensive focus on characterisation of cardiovascular risk and state of the art patient-centred management in these conditions, including screening methods, lifestyle interventions, evidence-based medication regimens, non-invasive monitoring and new technology. Health care delivery methods will be explored. Learning will be enhanced by individual and group online methods.
Weekly online lectures and online discussion forums and/or webinar tutorials.
3 x clinical case study tasks of 500 words (25%), 1500 word assignment on a key topic (25%), online exam (40%), online quizzes (10%)
Vascular Medicine: A Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine Guidelines: NHMRC Clinical Care Guidelines for the Management of Absolute Cardiovascular Risk (2012), https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/ext10 Reducing risk in heart disease - an expert guide to clinical practice for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease (updated 2012), http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/Reducing-risk-in-heart-disease.pdf Therapeutic Guidelines Cardiovascular version 6
This unit is intended for students who have experience in clinical care of patients and includes a significant Pharmacology component.