Physiopathology and Exercise Prescription for Patients with Cardiovascular Pathologies

Name: Physiopathology and Exercise Prescription for Patients with Cardiovascular Pathologies
Code: DES10234M
Duration: 15 weeks/78 hours
Scientific Area: Human Kinetics

Teaching languages: Portuguese, English
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese, English, Spanish
Regime de Frequência: Presencial

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

Know the main physiological implications of cardiovascular diseases
Identify the key components of functional fitness and realize its importance in improving the quality of life of these patients
Understand the physiological implications and limitations specific to a subject suffering from the disease and its implications for exercise prescription
Apply functional assessment protocols and use that information in developing individual programs of exercise
Keep up the effects of intervention programs to the level of physiological variables, but also perceptual-cognitive skills
Know the implications that the application of different types of programs is likely to achieve in the different components of physical fitness of patients with cardiovascular diseases
Be capable of collect and interpret critically relevant scientific information on the topics addressed
Acquire the ability to communicate ideas and scientific knowledge (on oral and written forms) in and organized in coherent language


1. Introduction to physiology in subjects with cardiovascular disease
1.1. Conceptual introduction and classifications
1.2. Physiopathology, treatment phases and major implications on the physical condition
1.3. Indications and contraindications of exercise
2. Prescribed exercise in people with cardiovascular disease
2.1. Brief summary of epidemiological determinants and types of prevention (primary, secondary and tertiary)
2.2. Exercise, types of prevention and health models
2.3. Specific implications for labor

Teaching Methods

The unit is organized in T, Pclasses and tutorials according to the regulation of the UE. T are plenary and based on the scientific method, emphasizing the search for information, the interpretation of experimental results and a critical and scientific rigor in students.

In P classes, students must participate actively in the preparation and execution of work, in group discussions about the activities, and on the elaboration of individual reports.

The student assessment includes answering to questions in the classes, and presentation by the students of relevant scientific articles and their discussion with the teacher. Written evaluation will be carried out through a frequency or a final exam.

Despite the work attendance is essential to success in the course, relevance will be also given to working at distance. This will be done primarily through the provision of resources in Moodle.