This four-week course aims to improve your knowledge of how the heart works, the effects of heart disease and what you can do to avoid it.
We’ll help you understand their effects on the body, why they happen and what can be done to prevent them.It will help if you have a basic understanding of human biology, but we hope that we can explain things in a way that will be easy for anyone to understand.If you get stuck, you can always ask questions in the comments and other learners may be able to help you.Bob Wilson was on his usual morning walk when he collapsed.Your heart beats around 100,000 times a day, pumping blood around your body to deliver oxygen and nutrients, while taking away waste products.When your heart is unhealthy, it can’t perform this vital task so effectively.
This can cause significant health problems – heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the UK and an estimated 17 million people die of cardiovascular disease each year worldwide.
Heart disease is something that touches many lives, but can be difficult to understand.
We’ll also highlight some wonderful resources from the British Heart Foundation including up to date statistics, patient leaflets and videos describing many of the tests that cardiac patients undergo.
In the final week, we’ll examine the risk factors for heart disease and what you can do keep your heart healthy.
Each week you’ll have the opportunity to get hands on and do a practical activity, helping you to apply the knowledge you’ll gain on the course, to better understand your own heart.
You can find out more about these activities in Natasha Barrett’s post for the Future Learn blog: “A heart in your hands.” This beginner’s course is aimed at anyone with an interest in how the heart works and the diseases that commonly affect it.