ICVT2405 Cardiovascular Pathology

Course Description

This course is intended to fulfill course requirements for the Cardiovascular Technology program. Cardiovascular Pathology is an in-depth study of the pathologies of the cardiac and vascular systems, their physiologic symptoms and outcomes. This course includes discussion of acquired diseases, embryological development of the heart, fetal circulation, and congenital heart defects. This course will cover in detail the atherosclerotic process of heart disease and how it relates to myocardial infarction. Additional focus will include heart failure and valve disease.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Define selected terms related to diseases and congenital anomalies of the cardiovascular system.
  • Identify cardiac valvular disease processes including their hemodynamic changes.
  • Identify the pathologic changes that occur in coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction; summarize treatment and intervention modalities.
  • Compare and contrast forward failure and backward failure.
  • Identify physiologic changes that occur in select acquired cardiac diseases.
  • Describe the embryologic development of the heart and great vessels.
  • Identify the blood flow pathway in fetal circulation.
  • Describe the congenital anomalies of the heart and great vessels identifying shunt, prognosis and palliative and definitive surgical repairs.
  • Describe the clinical significance of both left-to-right and right-to-left shunts.
  • Analyze hemodynamic data to calculate intracardiac shunt measurements.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other