NOVA Medical School | Faculdade de Ciências Médicas

Cardiovascular Advanced Topics




Cardiopneumology teaching area of ESSCVP



Teacher in charge

Roberto José Palma dos Reis

Teaching language

Portuguese / English


The main objective of this course is a solid preparation in the cardiovascular area, based in deep theoretical knowledge, complementary to the ones acquired during the degree.

Cardiology has had large developments, technologically and in the theoretical field that underpins technology. So, it is intended for students to acquire knowledge about the main innovations in the cardiovascular area, in order to be able to play an active role in the multidisciplinary team that will execute these new techniques.

The main skills to develop are: to acquire deep knowledge in the area of physiology and cardiovascular physiopathology, with emphasis on new pharmacology therapeutics; new image techniques in Cardiology, new surgical therapeutics about the innovations in percutaneous intervention and its possibilities, new devices for advanced cardiac failure, new mechanical heart pumps.


Mandatory in areas of specialization of Eletrocardiology, electrophysiology and Pacing, Invasive Cardiology, Cardiovascular and Cardiovascular Ultrasound Perfusion and facultative in the area of of Post Market Surveillance.

Subject matter

New image techniques in Cardiology

- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance;

- Multicut Tomography;

- Advanced echocardiography: Tissue Doppler, 4D, among other;

New directions in the cardiovascular therapeutic approach

- New mechanisms of disease and new medical therapeutics;

- New surgical therapeutics - Minimally invasive surgery;

- Innovations in the percutaneous intervention - Aortic valve, CIA and hypertension;

- New devices in advanced heart failure, its indications, results and limitations (CRT, ICD);

- Prosthetic mechanical heart as a bridge or a final endpoint in advanced heart failure.


- Braunwald´s Heart Disease, A textbook of cardiovascular medicine. 8th Edition, Saunders - Elsevier, 2008, Philadelphia;

- The ESC textbook of cardiovascular medicine, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2009, New York.

Teaching method

The methodology will include theoretical sessions about different subjects, theoretical-practical sessions with tutorial-oriented discussion about several issues and, after the student’s choosing, the development of a review and synthesis work about one of the subjects of innovation in the cardiovascular area (a different subject per student).

Students will be encouraged to visit the institutions where new cardiovascular techniques are executed, so they can acquire a deeper understanding about them.

Evaluation method

The evaluation will be organized in two parts. A continuous part, weighting 50%, which corresponds to students participation in the theoretical-practical sessions, and a final evaluation of the review and synthesis work and its presentation, which will weigh the remaining 50% of the evaluation.