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Cardiovascular risk

Code: PDCCV_8     Acronym: PDCCV_8

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Medicine

Instance: 2015/2016 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Physiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Department
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Programm in Cardiovascular Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDCCV 13 Ciências Cardiovasculares_13 1 - 3 13,5 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Carmen Dulce da Silveira Brás Silva Ribeiro

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 0,75
Laboratory Practice: 0,21
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 0,75
Pedro Manuel Von Hafe da Cunha Perez 0,43
Carmen Dulce da Silveira Brás Silva Ribeiro 0,18
Davide Maurício Costa Carvalho 0,14
Laboratory Practice Totals 4 0,84
Pedro Manuel Von Hafe da Cunha Perez 0,28
Carmen Dulce da Silveira Brás Silva Ribeiro 0,56

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


1. Definition and characterization of the main risk factors of cardiovascular disease and the explanation of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying these risk factors in the development of cardiovascular diseases

2.  Acquisition of additional knowledge in the field of food/nutrition and its association to the etiology, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease

Learning outcomes and competences

Learning outcomes of this CU is:

1.Understanding the concept of risk and cardiovascular risk factors.

2.Acquisition of knowledge in the field of food/nutrition and its association to the etiology, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Working method



1.Definition of risk and risk factor for disease. Risk factors and markers of cardiovascular risk.

2.Development of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis and inflammation.

3.Primary and secondary dyslipidemia. Intervention studies.

4.Arterial hypertension. Epidemiological importance. Hypertension as a risk for atherosclerosis. Pathogenic mechanisms.

5.Disturbance of glucose metabolism. Insulin resistance. Glucose intolerance, abnormal fasting glucose, diabetes mellitus.Diabetes as a cardiovascular risk factor.

6.The metabolic syndrome as a risk factor aggregation syndrome.Characterization and critical discussion of the concept. Components of the metabolic syndrome. Sequential relations.

7.Nutritional status and cardiovascular disease

Mandatory literature

Carson, J. A. S., Burke, F. M., & Hark, L. (Eds.). ; Cardiovascular nutrition: disease management and prevention. , American Dietetic Association, 2011
n/a; Harrison's principles of internal medicine, McGraw-Hill Medical, 2012

Comments from the literature

Scientific articles selected by teachers.

(Eg: Martin, S. S., Sperling, L. S., Blaha, M. J., Wilson, P. W., Gluckman, T. J., Blumenthal, R. S., & Stone, N. J. (2015). Clinician-Patient Risk Discussion for Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: Importance to Implementation of the 2013 ACC/AHA Guidelines. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 65(13), 1361-1368) ;

Ayer, J., Charakida, M., Deanfield, J. E., & Celermajer, D. S. (2015). Lifetime risk: childhood obesity and cardiovascular risk. European heart journal, ehv089.

Teaching methods and learning activities

The teaching methodologies will be based on theoretical classes (10,5 hours) and theoretical-practical classes (3 hours).

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

Students must attend at least 75% of the classes


Calculation formula of final grade

Final written exam (100%)
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