Cardiovascular Diseases, Risk Factors and Investigations


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally. Students wishing to work in the field of CVD prevention or those similarly advancing their careers in this area require an underpinning understanding of the peoples’ journey, including why or how they developed CVD, how their risk or diagnosis was determined, and how they should be treated (medically, psycho-socially and lifestyle) in order to manage their current state of health so as to be supported to return back to a good level of physical and psycho-social well-being and productivity.


Module Code:



Credits:  20
Cost: Contact Admissions

Module Aims:

The aim of this module is to equip the student with a clinically-based understanding of relevant cardiovascular disorders, the risk factors and an analysis of these disorders, and the investigative techniques and therapeutic strategies used to manage such risk.


Module Outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be able to:

1. Relate cardiovascular disease processes to clinical manifestations and their impact upon normal function.

2. Reflect upon the role of particular investigative techniques in clinical evaluation of cardiovascular disease.

3. Assess the role of fundamental therapeutic strategies in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

4. Appreciate the contemporary evidence base for cardiovascular risk and critically evaluate risk modification guidelines.

5. Characterise an individual’s risk factor profile in a clinical setting.


This module contributes to the following core dimensions:

  1. Knowledge and critical analysis of the concept of risk analysis within the evidence spectrum from epidemiology to clinical trials in managing and treating cardiovascular disease
  2. Consideration of the BACPR Standards and Core Components as a model of delivering cardiac rehabilitation with the above evidence-base spectrum
  3. Knowledge and critical appraisal of core factors of CVD, from risk identification or diagnosis, to acute and chronic treatment process involving medical and lifestyle care-pathways underpinned by a patient centred psycho-social and behavioural focus


Who to contact:

For further information on the module content please contact:


Dr Mike Morris

Module Leader

University of Chester

Parkgate Road


CH1 4BJ 

Telephone: 01244 513363



For an application pack please contact:


Health and Social Care Admissions

University of Chester

Parkgate Road



Tel: 01244 511000