Veterinary medicine
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Francesco Porciello
  • Francesco Porciello
  • 25 ore - Francesco Porciello
Course Regulation
Coorte 2017
Learning activities
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A scelta dello studente
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Clinical evaluation, instrumental diagnostics and therapeutic approach, related to cardiological clinical cases.
Reference texts
TESTO ATLANTE Poletto Editore, 2010, 1st edition

The students are required to interact with the teacher through the UNISTUDIUM portal of the University where, in the space dedicated to the course, together with suggestions, recommendations and guidelines given by the teacher, is available teaching material under Slides, assignments, exercise tests, and multimedia files
Educational objectives
To Know: The student must be aware of the etiopathogenesis of heart disease and the mechanisms of heart failure. He must know the basics of cardiac instrumental examinations. It must know the mechanisms of action of major cardiology use drugs

To Know how to do: the student must acquire sufficient practical skills to carry out the semiological examination of the cardiovascular apparatus; He must also acquire the ability to interpret the results of the instrumental tests useful in clinical cardiology. Finally, the student must be able to set up a suitable therapy for controlling left and right congestive heart failure and anterograd insufficiency.

Teaching methods
Practical lessons in the structures of the Teaching Veterinary Hospital conducted on reported clinical cases concerning the methodology of the particular objective examination of the cardiovascular system and its instrumental diagnostics.
Students will be guided in finding and interpreting clinical signs of disease on dogs, cats and horses referred to the Cardiology Service. Electrocardiographic traces, chest x-rays and echocardiographic acquisitions will also be submitted to the students; The diagnostic interpretation will be performed on this material. In some circumstances, to stimulate the personal commitment of each student, the class will be subdivided into small groups that will be invited to provide their diagnostic interpretations in competition among themselves. Answers given verbally by the different groups will be compared simultaneously with the diagnostic interpretation provided by the Teacher.

Outside of the lesson time, students are nevertheless invited to follow the clinical activities carried out at the Cardiology and Ultrasound service to interact with the Researchers and Grant Holders present in the same service.
Other information

Learning verification modality
During the course of the CIP Clinical Cardiology, the Teacher will test the frequency, practical-application skills, critical analysis and problem solving skills and the exercise tests proposed on UNISTUDIUM. In addition, the professor will test the contents of a schematic report, to be presented on UNISTUDIUM, on one of the clinical cases observed during the hours of activity, in which the symptomatology of the selected clinical case will be described, reconstituted etiopathogenesis and indicated appropriate therapy.
Extended program
Physical examination of animals with left and right heart failure. In this lesson students will have to visit some clinical cardiological cases and collect the signs of illness. For the subjects in question, it will also be required to propose the most appropriate therapy. During the lesson there will be several examples of auscultation of the heart that will have to be interpreted and referred to the various possible pathologies. (4 hours)

Electrocardiography and cardiac arrhythmia therapy. In this lesson students will have to interpret electrocardiographic records and set the most suitable therapy for the subject under study. (4 hours)

X-ray examination in cardiology. In this lesson students will have to interpret chest x-rays taken on subjects with heart, blood vessel and respiratory tract involvement. In relation to the different radiographic patterns, the most appropriate therapeutic options should be outlined. (4 hours)

Echocardiography. In this lesson, students will need to interpret a series of echocardiographic examinations, report what is observed in specific diseases and outline the most appropriate therapeutic approach. (4 hours)
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