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2.5 Heart Health

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, the student will be able to:

  • Define atherosclerosis and describe the basic mechanism by which it develops, including the response to injury theory.
  • Compare and contrast the terms ischemia and infarction.
  • Explain the mechanisms by which poorly controlled diabetes and poorly controlled hypertension contribute to heart disease.
  • Discuss the risk factors for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
  • Discuss evidence-based strategies for prevention of atherosclerosis, diabetes, and hypertension.

Developed by Wayne W. LaMorte, MD, PhD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Education, Boston University School of Public Health.