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Causes of Human Disease: Understanding Cardiovascular Disease

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

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Causes of Human Disease: Understanding Cardiovascular Disease

This course is part of the Causes of Human Disease program, which will enable you to learn about the science behind the causes of human disease, and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds..

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 secondsThe 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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What topics will you cover?

  • The anatomy of the heart, arteries and veins.
  • Cardiovascular diseases, and how they can develop and progress over time.
  • Statistical trends in cardiovascular disease over the decades and across the world.
  • The two most common risk factors for the development of cardiovascular diseases: high blood pressure and high-glucose levels.
  • Causes, risk factors and basic management of high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Basic treatment options (medications and interventions) for hypertension and diabetes.
  • The socio-economic impact of hypertension and diabetes.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

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?

Piruthivi Sukumar

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

http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/profile/500/1945/piruthivi_sukumar

Who developed the course?

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.

Who is this accredited by?

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.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $99 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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