UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science


Clinical Case Studies in Cardiovascular Medicine

Workshops in cardiovascular pharmacology plus five clinical case scenarios related to common cardiovascular diseases will be given by internationally renowned NHS consultants. Each case (not previously seen by the students before) will be reviewed with respect to underlying pathology, clinical presentation, risk factors, clinical investigation and management, including pharmacological and surgical intervention. Each student, having worked as part of a team, will have the opportunity to present a case-study illustrating some of the principles of the course applied to a real-life clinical situation.

Module code: CARD0001

UCL credits: 15 credits

Module organisers: Dr David Thompson and Dr Marc George

Learning objectives

  • Understand and discuss/critique current evidence-based clinical guidelines for common forms of cardiovascular disease.
  • Summarise key information about the pathology, clinical presentation, risk factors, investigation and management of common forms of cardiovascular disease and apply to a given case scenario.
  • Use clinical reasoning and critical analysis to select and evaluate the effectiveness of appropriate interventions
  • Discuss indications, cautions and contraindications of selected therapeutic interventions
  • Be confident to present to a clinical case study
  • Critically appraise clinical research papers in cardiovascular disease with respect to experimental design, analytical methods and conclusions.

Teaching and learning methods

Learning will be through seminar-style lectures, tutorials, class discussions on a case study that students will have written-up as a report, attending, if possible, a clinic in one/two of the above specialities.


The course is ten weeks long and is taught in the second term in academic year 19/20. Each week there will be 2 half-day sessions consisting of lectures and clinical cases.

Example Topics

  • Hypertension
  • Heart Failure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Novel Treatment Options

    Reading List


    Data interpretation (unseen questions) of a pre-read clinical research paper45%
    To write an abstract of an unseen clinical research paper40%
    Oral presentation of case study15%