• University of Leeds

Causes of Human Disease: Understanding Cardiovascular Disease

Explore normal cardiovascular function and risk factors associated with heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

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Causes of Human Disease: Understanding Cardiovascular Disease
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  • Weekly study4 hours
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Understand the causes and management of cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading global cause of death. On this course, you’ll learn how the cardiovascular system functions and understand common cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke, as well as the risk factors associated with them. You’ll also learn about blood pressure, blood sugar control and imbalances, and the role of these in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. You’ll investigate socio-economic factors in the development of cardiovascular diseases, and current management and prevention strategies.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds The course is about the common cardiovascular diseases, which include heart attacks and strokes, which are primarily caused by diabetes and high blood pressure. And we will learn about different risk factors, how we can avoid them, and if we get diseases, how they are treated. We will learn about very common risk factors like smoking, lack of exercise, and high fat intake, and how they can lead to very terrible consequences like heart attack and strokes. Cardiovascular diseases are the most common human disease. So any learner who wants to understand the whole system of human diseases has to understand cardiovascular system.

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  • Week 1

    Cardiovascular diseases

    • Welcome

      In this course you learn about the structure and functions of the human cardiovascular system, the science of cardiovascular diseases, and their associated risk factors.

    • How does the blood flow?

      This activity introduces the essential anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, so that the basis of cardiovascular diseases can be properly understood.

    • What are the most common ailments of the heart?

      This activity introduces the main types of cardiovascular disease common in humans.

    • Managing and preventing cardiovascular disease

      This activity explains how cardiovascular diseases can be managed and prevented, especially through changes to lifestyle.

    • Revision

      This revision activity is optional and is designed for those signed up for the Causes of Human Diseases Program.

    • Summary

      To close this week of the course, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the week and to explore the Glossary.

  • Week 2

    Risk factors – blood pressure and blood sugar levels

    • About Week 2

      This week you learn about blood pressure and blood sugar control, and the ill effects of their passing beyond normal physiological levels. You also consider the risk factors, management and prevention of hypertension and diabetes.

    • Controlling blood pressure

      This activity describes the main components of the blood pressure control system, and the reasons for its existence.

    • Controlling blood sugar levels

      This activity describes the main components of the blood glucose control system, and why it is regulated by the body.

    • How can hypertension and diabetes be prevented?

      In this activity, you investigate the basic treatment and prevention options for hypertension and diabetes – the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

    • Revision

      This revision activity provides further opportunity for you to explore the topics covered this week. It is recommended that you complete this activity if you have signed up for the program and are working towards academic credit.

    • Summary

      There is also an opportunity for the learner to test their understanding and find out more about the other courses in the program.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles. By completing the course the learner has achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the basic functional anatomy and working physiology of the cardiovascular system.
  • Investigate and describe the most common cardiovascular diseases.
  • Explore basic cardiovascular diagnostic tools and treatment modalities including prevention.
  • Explain the basic concepts of blood pressure control including the need for it.
  • Explain the basic concepts of blood sugar control including the need for it.
  • Explore the basic treatment options for diabetes and hypertension including prevention.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in the science behind causes of human disease. No previous knowledge or experience is required. If you are working in nursing, healthcare or social care, or just wish to learn more, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

Who will you learn with?

I am working as university academic fellow in cardiovascular research at Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Leeds, UK


Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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