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Cardiovascular Pathology

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A detailed introduction to pathology of the cardiovascular system, aimed at cardiovascular sonographers and other health professionals who need an understanding of cardiac pathology.

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This theory module provides a detailed introduction to pathology of the cardiovascular system, aimed at cardiovascular sonographers and other health professionals who need an understanding of cardiac pathology.  The text reviews the underlying cell pathology, and discusses a range of common disorders and diseases affecting the heart and major vessels.  The video provides animations to illustrate the different disease processes. This module is ideal if you are studying for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) registry exams.

You’ll learn

  • all about cardiovascular disease and disorders, and the processes of cell injury and inflammation
  • common pathology and the relevant medical terminology to use
  • common disorders of, and possible treatments for, the venous and arterial systems
  • to better visualize and understand the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, with our 3D model and illustrations
  • which tests are used to diagnose cardiovascular disease, and procedures for treatment
  • much more (see “Content Details” for more specific information)
Introduction
Step 1 - Cell pathology
Step 1.1 - Normal cell function
Step 1.2 - Cell injury and repair
Step 1.3 - Inflammation
Step 2 - Neoplasia
Step 2.1 - Benign neoplasms
Step 2.2 - Malignant neoplasms
Step 2.3 - Cardiac tumors
Step 3 - Fluid and hemodynamic disorders
Step 3.1 - Body fluids
Step 3.2 - Edema
Step 3.3 - Hyperemia
Step 3.4 - Hemorrhage
Step 3.5 - Thrombosis
Step 3.6 - Embolism
Step 3.7 - Infarction
Step 3.8 - Shock
Step 4 - Diseases of the arterial system
Step 4.1 - Atherosclerosis
Step 4.2 - Coronary artery disease
Step 4.2.1 - Angina
Step 4.2.2 - Myocardial infarction or heart attack (MI)
Step 4.3 - Peripheral Vascular Disease
Step 4.4 - Arteritis
Step 5 - Diseases of the venous system
Step 5.1 - Varicose veins
Step 5.2 - Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Step 6 - Hypertension
Step 7 - Congestive heart failure
Step 8 - Cardiomyopathy
Step 8.1 - Dilated cardiomyopathy
Step 8.2 - Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Step 8.3 - Restrictive cardiomyopathy
Step 9 - Inflammatory heart disease
Step 9.1 - Infective endocarditis
Step 9.2 - Myocarditis
Step 9.3 - Pericarditis
Step 9.4 - Rheumatic heart disease
Step 10 - Heart valve disorders
Step 10.1 - Mitral valve
Step 10.1.1 - Mitral stenosis
Step 10.1.2 - Mitral regurgitation
Step 10.2 - Aortic Valve
Step 10.2.1 - Aortic stenosis
Step 10.2.2 - Aortic regurgitation
Step 11 - Congenital heart disease
  • Define and use medical terminology related to cardiovascular pathology
  • Describe cell injury and repair
  • Explain the mechanisms of inflammation
  • Explain the importance of obtaining a full clinical history of the patient
  • Describe cellular changes that result in neoplasia
  • Differentiate between benign and malignant tumors, and give examples of each
  • Describe mechanisms of fluid disorders, and give examples
  • Describe mechanisms of hemodynamic disorders, and give examples
  • Describe disorders and possible treatments of the venous system
  • Describe disorders and possible treatments of the arterial system
  • Differentiate between common signs and symptoms of cardiovascular and venous diseases
  • Describe diagnostic tests that are used to diagnose cardiovascular disease, and their application to certain diseases
  • Describe cardiac catheterization and interventional procedures for coronary artery disease
  • Describe acute cardiac conditions and emergency procedures
  • Discuss techniques and benefits of cardiac rehabilitation

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  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
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