About this course

Cardiology is the branch of medicine that specializes in the study, diagnosis, and management of pathologies affecting the heart. These pathologies include diseases of the cardiac muscle, such as heart failure; valvular diseases, conduction abnormalities (bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias), congenital abnormalities, and most notably coronary artery disease.

For optimal understanding, the student should be familiarized with the anatomy of the heart, with special emphasis on coronary circulation and the conduction system; cardiac physiology, with special attention to the cardiac cycle and membrane potential; and embryology of the heart and major vessels.

Dysfunction of the cardiac pump can manifest in several ways depending on the underlying cause. Respiratory signs and symptoms are common in the case of poor cardiac performance or inadequate oxygenation of blood. Cardiovascular disease is one of the major public health concerns in the western world, and its associated morbidity can severely impair functionality and the quality of life of the affected individual.

A good clinician should be able to identify the most common signs and symptoms associated with cardiac anomalies and also be proficient in analyzing ECG tracings. Coronary artery disease and conduction abnormalities are of special interest for general practitioners and ER physicians. For students, their importance cannot be understated. procedures.




Joseph Alpert, MD

Dr. Joseph Alpert is the Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Director of Coronary Care and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine, USA.
He obtained his Medical Degree cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1969. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Professors of Medicine, and Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Medicine.
Due to his achievements, he earned the Gifted Teacher Award from the American College of Cardiology in 2004.

Video lectures

01. Introduction to Cardiac Diseases

  • Heart Failure
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiac Dysrhythmia
  • Hypertension

02. Cardiovascular Pharmacology

  • Introduction to High Blood Pressure Medication – Drugs in Hypertension
  • Diuretics – Drugs in Hypertension
  • Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone – Drugs in Hypertension
  • Vasodilators – Drugs in Hypertension
  • Alpha Blockers – Drugs in Hypertension
  • Beta Blockers – Drugs in Hypertension
  • Postganglionic Sympathetic Nerve Terminal Blockers and Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors – Drugs in Hypertension
  • Lines of Therapy – Drugs in Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Medication – Drugs in Hypertension
  • Questions and Case Studies – Drugs in Hypertension
  • Introduction – Angina and Heart Failure Management
  • Nitrates – Angina and Heart Failure Management
  • Cardiac Depressants, Metabolic Modifiers and Slow Sodium Channel Inhibitors – Angina and Heart Failure Management
  • Inotropes – Angina and Heart Failure Management
  • Vasodilators – Angina and Heart Failure Management
  • Renin-Angiotensin Agents and Beta Blockers – Angina and Heart Failure Management
  • Questions – Angina and Heart Failure Management
  • Introduction – Antiarrhythmic Drugs
  • Group 1 Sodium Channel Blockers – Antiarrhythmic Drugs
  • Group 2 Beta Blockers – Antiarrhythmic Drugs
  • Group 3 Potassium Channel Blockers – Antiarrhythmic Drugs
  • Group 4 Calcium Channel Blockers – Antiarrhythmic Drugs
  • Group 5 Other Antiarrhythmics – Antiarrhythmic Drugs
  • Questions – Antiarrhythmic Drugs
  • Introduction Bile Acid Sequestrants, Niacin and Fibrates – Lipid Control
  • HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors – Lipid Control
  • Fat Absorption and MTP Inhibitors – Lipid Control
  • PCSK9 Inhibitors – Lipid Control
  • Questions – Lipid Control

03. Cardiovascular Pathology

3.1. Pericardial Disease

  • Pericardial Disease Acute Pericarditis
  • Pericardial Disease Pericardial Effusion and Cardiac Tamponade
  • Pericardial Disease Constrictive

3.2. Valvular Heart Disease

  • Valvular Heart Disease Aortic Stenosis
  • Valvular Heart Disease Aortic Regurgitation
  • Valvular Heart Disease Mitral Stenosis
  • Valvular Heart Disease Mitral Regurgitation and Valve Prolapse
  • Valvular Heart Disease Dynamic Auscultation

3.3. Atherosclerosis

  • Atherosclerosis

3.4. Hypertension

  • Hypertension

3.5. Ischemic Heart Disease

  • Ischemic Heart Disease Stable Angina, Unstable Angina & Myocardial Infarction
  • Management of Angina and Myocardial Infarction
  • Vasospastic Angina

3.6. Congestive Heart Failure

  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

3.7. Heart Sounds

  • Heart Sounds

3.8. Arrythmias

  • Cardiac Arrythmia Overview & Classification
  • Bradyarrhythmia
  • Tachyarrhythmia Atrial Fibrilation & Atrial Flutter
  • Tachyarrhythmia Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia and Wolff-Parkinson-White-Syndrome (WPW)
  • Tachyarrhythmia Ventricular Tachycardia (V-tach)
  • Vascular Disease & Arrhythmia