by Joseph Alpert, MD

Cardiology is the branch of medicine that specializes in the study, diagnosis, and management of pathologies affecting the heart. These pathologies include diseases of the cardiac muscle, such as heart failure; valvular diseases, conduction abnormalities (bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias), congenital abnormalities, and most notably coronary artery disease.

For optimal understanding, the student should be familiarized with the anatomy of the heart, with special emphasis on coronary circulation and the conduction system; cardiac physiology, with special attention to the cardiac cycle and membrane potential; and embryology of the heart and major vessels.

Dysfunction of the cardiac pump can manifest in several ways depending on the underlying cause. Respiratory signs and symptoms are common in the case of poor cardiac performance or inadequate oxygenation of blood. Cardiovascular disease is one of the major public health concerns in the western world, and its associated morbidity can severely impair functionality and the quality of life of the affected individual.

A good clinician should be able to identify the most common signs and symptoms associated with cardiac anomalies and also be proficient in analyzing ECG tracings. Coronary artery disease and conduction abnormalities are of special interest for general practitioners and ER physicians. For students, their importance cannot be understated.

Course Details

  • Videos 114
  • Duration 10:22 h
  • Quiz questions 305
  • Concept Pages 74


Your Educators of course Cardiology

 Joseph Alpert, MD

Joseph Alpert, MD

Dr. Joseph Alpert is the Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Director of Coronary Care and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine, USA.
He obtained his Medical Degree cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1969. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Professors of Medicine, and Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Medicine.
Due to his achievements, he earned the Gifted Teacher Award from the American College of Cardiology in 2004.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Alpert teaches courses on Cardiology and the Cardiac System.

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Good lecture, needs material updates/error fixes
By Marat S. on 27. August 2023 for Second-degree AV Blocks

Good lecture overall. Downloadable slide materials do not contain all slides and need to be updated (I note this issue was raised by another commenter 3 years ago and responded to indicating it was fixed at that time although the issue persists currently), a few mis-spoken moments need either an audio re-record or an on-screen note (3:1 type 1 2nd degree block first described as 3:4, then as 2:1)

ECG Sessions well explained.
By Maribeth H. on 21. August 2023 for Power ECG Case Session

The ECG lectures, including this Case Session, are excellent. Thank you, Dr Alpert, for sharing your experiences and expertise.

Poorly organized and low yield
By Bruno F. on 15. August 2023 for Mitral Stenosis and Mitral Regurgitation – Valvular Heart Disease

This lesson was very poorly organized and somewhat confusing. The content was exposed in what appears to be an arbitrary order and no logical connection was present. We were burdened with the graphs of multiple epidemiological studies while other elements of the diseases such as clinical presentation and diagnosis were neglected. Nonsurgical therapy is mentioned on the slides but was not explained in the lesson

Good explanation
By Hilda Maria P. on 07. August 2023 for Effects of Electrolyte Abnormalities on the ECG

Excelent class for a complex matter, hiperkalemia is serious and potencially dead problem with the other anormalities of electrolyties is better to search the real cause of EKG anormalities and do not expect that EKG give you the answer