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MBHT5004: Cardiovascular Metabolic Management

This unit will enhance students' understanding of cardiovascular risk, and the cardiovascular complications that may occur in metabolic disease. It will facilitate increased confidence in the assessment, prevention and practical medical management of cardiovascular disease in its broadest sense. Epidemiology and pathophysiology of atherogenesis and cardiovascular disease, will be addressed followed by an intensive focus on characterisation and patient-centred management of common modifiable cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, lipoprotein disorders, diabetes and liftestyle factors pertinent to cardiovascular health. Evidence based screening and diagnostic methods, lifestyle interventions, pharmacotherapy and non-invasive monitoring will be covered. This will be followed by a detailed exploration of large and small vessel disease and implications of metabolic disease for brain, kidney and heart function (including ischaemic cardiomyopathy, diabetic cardiomyopathy and hypertensive cardiomyopathy). Peripheral arterial and cerebrovascular disease, arrhythmogenic disturbances, sleep disorders and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease will all be considered. At the conclusion of this unit of study, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage cardiovascular disease risk and have a comprehensive understanding of cardiovascular complications of metabolic disease.

Code MBHT5004
Academic unit Metabolic Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
This unit is intended for students who have experience in clinical care of patients and includes a significant Pharmacology component

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. outline the important pathophysiology that contributes to atherogenesis
  • LO2. explain the implications of metabolic disease for cardiovascular risk
  • LO3. describe traditional and novel risk factors for cardiovascular disease and demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to assess cardiovascular risk in the clinical setting
  • LO4. implement primary and secondary prevention management plans to address cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia and smoking
  • LO5. describe basic coronary artery anatomy and the manifestations of stable and unstable coronary artery disease
  • LO6. initiate an appropriate initial management plan for a patient with acute chest pain and identify those that need an emergency referral
  • LO7. assess the long-term treatment considerations for people with documented coronary artery disease
  • LO8. Identify the links between metabolic disease, heart failure and arrhythmia and institute appropriate investigations and management for the breathless patient
  • LO9. describe the clinical manifestations of cerebrovascular and peripheral vascular disease and prepare a plan for best-practice management.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.