Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Cardiology Emergencies

Cardiology Emergencies
First semester
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Other languages of instruction: English, Spanish

Teaching staff

You can contact by email the head of the subject Dr. Javier Jacob (fjacob@uic.es) or the director of the Master Dr. Jordi Castillo (jcastillo@uic.es)


This subject addresses the theoretical study of the main cardiological, respiratory acute pathological processes (and acute complications of chronic processes), all of them in their physiopathological, clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic aspects.

Includes theoretical and practical training in invasive and non-invasive ventilation.

Pre-course requirements

There are no prerequisites for taking this subject

Competences/Learning outcomes of the degree programme

  • CN02RA - Identify the main aspects and data of greatest clinical relevance to establish effective communication in the case of urgent pathology, taking into account the psychological dimension of suffering of the patient and family.
  • CN03RA - Identify the risks associated with procedures, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in emergencies, considering the safety of the patient and that of other professionals.
  • CP05RA - Readjust care and modify care planning through continuous evaluation of the patient in urgent and emergency situations.
  • CP07RA - Apply in an agile and decisive manner the action protocols and clinical practice guides in the most serious or prevalent processes in urgent care and emergencies.
  • CP09RA - Develop the necessary skills to adequately care for any patient, respecting the fundamental rights of equality between men and women, and the promotion of human rights as well as the values ​​of a culture of peace and democratic values ​​that include the promotion of inclusive, non-discriminatory language free of stereotypes.
  • HB01RA - Formulate judgments based on incomplete or limited information that adjust to the reality of the clinical case to establish the necessary parameters of action.
  • HB02RA - Discuss judgments taking into account the area of ​​study (urgency and emergency), including reflections on ethical and social responsibilities.
  • HB06RA - Develop healthcare action that respects both current legislation in pre-hospital and hospital healthcare and the principle of equity, ensuring equal opportunities and universal access for patients, respect for human rights and social and sustainable coexistence.
  • HB07RA - Apply the rules of ethics and law that govern healthcare and the relationship with the patient in urgent and emergency situations, being prepared to communicate the fundamental aspects of these rules when required.
  • HB08RA - Identify, through anamnesis and physical examination, the symptoms and signs of the main acute pathological processes and the acute complications of chronic ones, interpreting them correctly.
  • HB09RA - Analyze the risks associated with procedures, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in emergencies to develop them in conditions of maximum safety for the patient and other professionals.

Learning outcomes of the subject

  • Knows the etiology, pathophysiology, clinic, and approach to urgent cardiological situations: Chest pain, arrhythmias, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, syncope, hypertensive urgency/emergency.     
  • Know the etiology, pathophysiology, clinic, and approach to vascular emergencies: venous thromboembolic disease, acute peripheral arterial obstruction, aortic dissection / complicated aortic aneurysm.     
  • Knows the etiology, pathophysiology, clinic, and approach to respiratory emergencies: dyspnea, acute respiratory failure, respiratory infection, hemoptysis, pneumothorax.     
  • Can interpret: electrocardiography, pulse oximetry, capnography, blood gas.     


  • Cardiovascular Emergencies     
    • Ischemic heart disease. Acute coronary syndrome     
    • Arrhythmias     
    • Acute heart failure. Acute Pulmonary Edema     
    • Shock     
    • Cardiomyopathies.     
    • Endocarditis, myocarditis, pericarditis     
    • Valvulopathies     
    • High blood pressure     
    • Acute vascular pathology. Aneurysm and aortic dissection. Acute complications of vasculitis     
    • Venous thromboembolic disease.     
    • Chest pain management     
    • Syncope     
  • Electrocardiography in the emergency department     
  • Urgent pulmonary pathology and ENT     
    • Acute respiratory failure     
    • Adult respiratory distress syndrome     
    • Bronchospasm. Asthma. COPD exacerbation     
    • Hemoptysis     
    • Chemical pneumonitis, aspiration syndrome     
    • Acute pleural pathology     
    • Acute mediastinal pathology     
    • Management of foreign bodies in the respiratory tract     
    • Management of acute ENT and upper respiratory infections.     
    • Management of epistaxis.      
  • Invasive and non-invasive ventilatory support     

Teaching and learning activities

In person

The following teaching methodologies will be used to develop the subject:

Theoretical class (CT) in the classroom: The teacher will present his syllabus with audiovisual help if he sees fit. In these activities, the student has basically a receptive role, although with the possibility of active participation individually or in groups.

Clinical Cases (CC): In the virtual classroom, activities scheduled for the student to solve clinical assumptions on their own or in teams, under the supervision of the teacher, thus contributing to advance in the practical application of the theoretical knowledge acquired and in The process of decision making.

Self-learning activities (AAP). For these activities, the UIC virtual platform "Moodle" will be your main tool. In it you will be able to find different resources (study material, discussion forums, multimedia resources ...) and various activities (evaluation questionnaires, carrying out tests ...) designed for the student to advance on his own, tutored by the teacher, in the development of its fundamentally theoretical competences.

Individual student activity (AIA). Outside or inside the academic space, activities carried out autonomously by the student tutored by the teachers, to achieve the objectives of the program.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person


There will be a mixed evaluation that will have 3 components:

1) Class participation and attendance (10%)

2)  . Non-invasive Mechanical Ventilation Workshop. Online exercise (15%)

     . Electrocardiography workshop. Online exercise (15%)

3) Theoretical examination of the subject (60%)

The student must obtain a minimum score of 4 points in each of the components of the evaluation of the subject. To pass the subject, you must get at least a 5.



Those students who do not exceed the minimum of 4 points in any of the aforementioned evaluations will have to appear at the second call of these parts. The approved parts will be kept with the grade obtained on the first call.

 To pass the subject, you must get at least a 5.  

Bibliography and resources

They will be in the Virtual Platform "Moodle". Each teacher will generate their bibliography and resources depending on the subject taught.