According to the CDC, more than 600,000 people in the United States die each year from heart-related diseases, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. Cardiovascular disease is a result of the gradual buildup of plaque or fatty material within the arterial walls leading to heart attacks. However, most cardiovascular diseases are preventable by addressing risk factors such as poor and unhealthy diets, smoking, environmental hazards, and limited physical activity. The heart is one of the most vital organs required for human life and has very complex structures and mechanisms that enable blood circulation throughout the body.
This DeCal aims to introduce interested students from all backgrounds the fundamentals of the heart. In particular, we will cover its respective anatomy and physiology, learn related diseases and their impacts in public health, and explore exciting on-going research fields. Students will have opportunity to research and present on the topics related to Cardiology for their final project. In addition, each week there will be assigned readings and quizzes in order to broaden their understanding towards the field of Cardiology.