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Systemic hypertension

Code: PDCCV_28     Acronym: PDCCV_28

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Medicine

Instance: 2015/2016 - 2S 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 2 Ciências Cardiovasculares_13 1 - 3 13,5 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Paulo Manuel Barreiros de Castro Chaves

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 0,32
Laboratory Practice: 0,32
Others: 0,32
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 0,32
Paulo Manuel Barreiros de Castro Chaves 0,18
Jorge Manuel da Silva Junqueira Polónia 0,14
Laboratory Practice Totals 1 0,32
Jorge Manuel da Silva Junqueira Polónia 0,14
Paulo Manuel Barreiros de Castro Chaves 0,18
Others Totals 1 0,32
Paulo Manuel Barreiros de Castro Chaves 0,14
Jorge Manuel da Silva Junqueira Polónia 0,18

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


It is intended to understand the role of several homeostatic cardiovascular mechanisms in blood pressure regulation.

Learning outcomes and competences

Students are expected to:

1) Acquire knowledge related to the pathophysiology of both primary and secondary hypertension;

2) Understand the importance of genetic and acquired determinants of hypertension, namely related to salt consumption;

3) Acquire advanced concepts related to hypertension and to be able to make a correct integration of its different domains;

3) Be able to apply the normal physiology concepts to pathophysiological contexts.

Working method



1) Mechanisms of regulation of blood pressure

2) Pathophysiology of essencial hypertension – sodium overload

3) Pathophysiology of secundary hypertension

4) Hypertension and salt consumption

5) Clinical trials in hypertension and its therapeutical implications

6) Masked and resistent hypertension

7) White coat hypertension

8) Clinical evaluation of a patient with high blood pressure

9) The J curve in blood pressure

10) Hypertension in special contexts: stroke

Mandatory literature

Norman M. Kaplan and Ronald G. Victor MD; Kaplan's Clinical Hypertension, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014
Joseph L Izzo, Domenic Sica, Henry R Black; Hypertension Primer: The Essentials of High Blood Pressure: Basic Science, Population Science, and Clinical Management, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007
Henry R. Black, William Elliott; Hypertension: A Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease, Saunders; 2 edition,, 2012

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical lectures (4.5 hours), tutorials (4 hours) and laboratory practices (3 hours).

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

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

Eligibility for exams

Students must attend one third of the total of classes.

Calculation formula of final grade

Final examen (100%)
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