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Cardiovascular terminology

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What level is this course?

Level 2 - intermediate

How long will this course take?

Approximately 6-8 hours

What are the course aims?

This course aims to give a thorough grounding in medical terminology pertaining to the cardiovascular system.

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What is this course about?

Topic 1 - Anatomy and Physiology

In topic 1, we explore terms used to describe the major anatomical and physiological features of the cardiovascular system.

Learning outcomes:

  • name and locate anatomical features of the heart
  • name and locate anatomical features of the blood vessels
  • build and analyse cardiovascular anatomical terms
Topic 2 - Signs, Symptoms and Diagnosis

In topic 2, we explore key signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease, and introduce terms used to describe tests and procedures used to investigate and diagnose cardiovascular disease.

Learning outcomes:

  • identify medical terms used to describe signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease
  • name key terms used in clinical examination of the cardiovascular system
  • build and analyse signs, symptoms and diagnosis terminology
Topic 3 - Conditions and Diseases

Topic 3 introduces common conditions affecting the cardiovascular system. We learn some of the prefixes and suffixes that are used to build conditions and diseases terminology and practice using these to build medical terms.

Learning outcomes:

  • name and define medical terms pertaining to conditions and diseases
  • define prefixes and suffixes pertaining to conditions and diseases
  • build and analyse conditions and diseases terminology
Topic 4 - Oncology

In topic 4, we explore some terms associated with oncology and build and analyse terms used to describe cardiovascular cancers.

Learning outcomes:

  • name and define oncology terms
  • build and analyse oncology terms
Topic 5 - Surgery and Procedures

In this topic, we look at terms describing surgery and procedures used to treat diseases and conditions affecting the cardiovascular system.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify medical terminology associated with surgery and procedures
  • define prefixes and suffixes relationing to surgery and procedures
  • build and analyse surgery and procedures terminology
Topic 6 - Pharmacology

In this topic, we introduce drugs used to treat the conditions and diseases that affect the cardiovascular system and take a look at how they work. We include a printable list of drugs currently used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Learning outcomes:

  • identify common drugs used to treat conditions of the cardiovascular system
Topic 7 - Acronyms and Abbreviations

Medical notes, patient histories and prescriptions will all contain medical acronyms, symbols and abbreviations of medical terms. This topic contains a list of commonly used cardiovascular abbreviations and acronyms.

Learning outcomes:

  • review and add to the list of cardiovascular acronyms and abbreviations

Who should do this course?

This course is aimed at anyone wanting to learn cardiovascular terminology, including medical secretaries and transcriptionists; medical and nursing students; students studying for professions allied to medicine; students whose first language is not English who are interested in studying medicine in an English-speaking country; and anyone who is interested in learning more about the language of medicine.

What will I be expected to do?

The course is divided into seven topics. We suggest you start with Topic 1 - Anatomy and Physiology, as this topic introduces you to many important root words. You can then work through the other topics in order, or pick the ones that most interest you. There are activities and quizzes throughout the course to help you reinforce your learning and to let you practice identifying, analysing and building medical terms. Each topic will take between 30 minutes to 1 hour to work through. There is a word list in the useful resources section below, containing all the terms covered in this course, which you can download and print. The list has spaces for you to add other useful cardiovascular medical terms that you encounter.

Do I need any prior learning for this course?

You should work through Introduction to Medical Terminology before beginning this course. This is a free course that introduces the basic building blocks of medical terminology.

How do I register?

Go to mondofacto courses to purchase the course. To register, you will be asked to provide an email address and give some basic information about yourself, such as your name and your country of residence. Please rest assured that we take your privacy seriously and we will not pass your details on to any third party. Course payment can be made using PayPal. This is a secure and reliable payment method; you can find out more about PayPal here.

Once you have registered for the course and made your course fee payment, you will be able to access the course at any time for a period of six months from the date of purchase.

What materials are included?

This course contains online content and interactive quizzes and activities. There is a list of all the terms covered in the course for you to download, print out and add to.

What are the computing requirements?

You will need internet access and a computer. If you have purchased a new computer since 2002 it should meet your course computing requirements.

What support is available?

Academic support: this is a self-study course, so there is no academic support available.
Technical support: there are contact details for course queries and technical questions on the course homepage.

How will I assess my progress?

This course contains activities that will allow you test yourself and assess your progress.

What related courses are available?

Introduction to Medical Terminology

Musculoskeletal Terminology

How often does this course run?

This course runs continuously. You can join at any time.

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