About this course

Vascular medicine is the branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and management of diseases affecting the blood vessels. Common conditions include atherosclerosis and peripheral arterial disease; venous diseases including deep vein thrombosis, vasculitides, and vascular malformations; and diseases of the lymph vessels.

For optimal comprehension, the student should have prior knowledge of the histological characteristics of arteries, veins, and lymph vessels, and the mechanisms of humoral and cell-mediated immunity. A thorough understanding of coagulation factors and the physiology of coagulation is encouraged.

Vascular diseases, most notably hypertension, are one of the most important public health concerns in the western world. The morbidity and complications associated with these vascular diseases can impair the function and quality of life of the affected individual.

Clinicians should be able to identify the most common signs and symptoms associated with vascular anomalies. Moreover, they should know the differences between pathologies that can be controlled at an outpatient level (e.g., mild hypertension) and those that require specialized or urgent care (e.g., deep vein thrombosis and subsequent pulmonary embolism).




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

Vascular Medicine

01. Arterial Diseases – 6 Videos

02. Venous Diseases – 4 Videos

03. Inflammatory Vascular Diseases – 1 Video

04. Vascular Malformations – 1 Video

05. Diseases of the Lymphatic System – 2 Videos