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Course Overview

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.

Cardiovascular diseases

  • How does the blood flow?
  • What are the most common ailments of the heart?
  • Managing and preventing cardiovascular disease

 

Risk factors – blood pressure and blood sugar levels

  • Controlling blood pressure
  • Controlling blood sugar levels
  • How can hypertension and diabetes be prevented?

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 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.