Cardiovascular Diseases: pharmacology and nutraceutical approaches
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding:
• Acquire basic knowledge about risk factors in cardiovascular diseases.
• Acquire knowledge related to new pharmacological treatments and nutraceutical approaches in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
• To know the pharmacological activity of the main drugs/nutraceutical products, the mechanisms of action, in order to highlight the possible interactions and side effects.
• Acquire the ability to use the specific language of the discipline.
Knowledge and understanding skills:
• Apply knowledge of the mechanisms of action of drugs to define the use of drugs and nutraceutical products.
• Ability to evaluate results of pharmacological and epidemiological studies.
Autonomy of judgment:
• Autonomy of evaluation of a cardiovascular prevention treatment strategy.
• Possess the ability to discuss experimental notions and data effectively by contacting non-specialist interlocutors.
• Scientific update by consulting databases.
Course chosen by the student on the basis of in-depth analysis of concepts of pharmacology and toxicology.
Course contents summary
The contents of the course are the pathophysiological aspects of cardiovascular diseases with particular attention to new therapeutic strategies and the use of nutraceutical products.
- Cardiovascular diseases: risk factors
- The bases of cardiovascular prevention
- Analysis of the main scientific studies
- New therapeutic targets in the metabolism of cholesterol and lipoproteins
- New hypolipidemic drugs and pharmacological strategies
- Obesity drugs
- Nutrition and lifestyles in cardiovascular prevention
- Nutraceuticals and supplements
- Nutraceuticals in the treatment of dyslipidemia
- Toxicology of nutraceutical products
- Interactions in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases
Goodman & Gilman’s “The pharmacological basis of therapeutics”
The lessons will be of oral teaching, interacting with the students to actively involve them in the topics dealt with. The teaching material will be provided with slides that will be given to the students. Some handouts can be delivered to deepen the slides.
Assessment methods and criteria
Evaluation scale: 0-30
Weights and evaluation criteria:
• Acquired knowledge (up to 16/30);
• Ability to apply the acquired knowledge and to make links between the topics covered (up to 9/30);
• Exhibition capacity through the use of the specific language of the discipline (up to 5/30).
The course aims to be an interactive study with the students based on their strong motivations regarding the contents presented.