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Course module: 8VM10
Pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system
Course info
Course module8VM10
Credits (ECTS)2.5
Course typeGraduate School
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byEindhoven University of Technology; Biomedical Engineering; Cardiovascular Biomechanics;
Is part of-
Contact personprof.dr. N.H.J. Pijls
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. N.H.J. Pijls
Other course modules lecturer
Responsible lecturer
prof.dr. N.H.J. Pijls
Other course modules lecturer
Co-lecturer F.N. van de Vosse
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2017
GS3  (05/02/2018 to 22/04/2018)
Starting block
TimeslotB1: B1 - Mo 5-6, We 1-2
Course mode
Registration openfrom 15/11/2017 up to and including 07/01/2018
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Registration open for students from other department(s)Yes
Waiting listNo
Number of insufficient tests-
Number of groups of preference0
Learning objectives
In this course, a number of physiological and pathophysiological aspects of the cardiovascular systems will be discussed from a practical point of view, i.e. with emphasis on the methodology to assess and quantify cardiovascular parameters of disease as used in the every-day practice in hospitals.
After a short introduction and overview of normal anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the cardiovascular system, non-invasive and invasive methods in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease will be discussed. An important issue is to gain insight in how to adapt and simplify scientific measuring methods to be applicable in clinical practice, without loosing scientific correctness. Adaptation of the heart to valvular disease will be discussed as an example how clinical syndroms develop and to demonstrate the rationale of a scientific approach as the basis for treatment. Principles and techniques as used in right and left heart catheterization will be overviewed, such as pressure measurement in the circulation, flow and shunt calculations, oxymetry, estimation of cardiac output and valve surfaces, etc. Special attention will be paid to regulatory mechanisms in the coronary circulation in health and disease. Finally, monitoring methods of critically ill patients will be dealt with, focussing on the syndrome of shock.
Entrance requirements
You must have completed the final examination bsc program exam
Entrance requirements tests
Assumed previous knowledge
Previous knowledge can be gained by
Resources for self study
Required materials
Recommended materials
Berne & Levy: "Cardiovascular Physiology" ISBN 0-323-01127-6
Van der Wall et al: 'Leerboek Cardiologie' Diverse hoofdstukken. ISBN 978-90-313-4829-9
Bernards & Bouman: 'Fysiologie van de mens' Hoofdstuk 13. ISBN 90-313-1521-4
Instructional modes


Oral examination
Test weight100
Minimum grade-
Test typeFinal examination
Number of opportunities1
OpportunitiesBlock GS3
Test duration in minutes-



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