Your heart beats around 100,000 times a day, pumping blood around your body to deliver oxygen and nutrients, while taking away waste products. When your heart is unhealthy, it can’t perform this vital task so effectively. An estimated 17 million people die of cardiovascular disease each year worldwide.
Learn more about how your heart works, the causes of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy with the free online course “Heart Health: a Beginner’s Guide to Cardiovascular Disease”
Heart Health: A Beginner’s Guide to Cardiovascular Disease – Course Content
This four-week course includes the following topics:
- The anatomy of the heart;
- How the circulatory system works and what it does;
- Some of the most common cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure;
- The effects of these diseases on the body, why they happen and what can be done to prevent them;
- Resources from the British Heart Foundation including up to date statistics, patient leaflets and videos describing many of the tests that cardiac patients undergo;
- The risk factors for heart disease and what you can do keep your heart healthy.
Each week you’ll have the opportunity to get hands on and do a practical activity, helping you to apply the knowledge you’ll gain on the course, to better understand your own heart.
No requirements – but it will help if you have a basic understanding of human biology.
Summary of Main Course Features
- Educator: Natasha Barrett
- Published by: University of Reading
- Duration: 4 weeks x 3 hours per week
- Starts: 25 April
- Certificates available
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