Teaching period

5th semester


Learning outcomes

By the end of the semester, the students should be able to know the following:

  • What heart rate and blood pressure are, how they change with exercise and what is their clinical significance for cardiac rehabilitation programs and for the general population,
  • What stress test is and what is its utility for cardiac rehabilitation programs and for coronary artery disease prevention programs,
  • Students will also have an overview of cardiac rehabilitation and will be able to suggest therapeutic exercise to a cardiopath, always in collaboration with the doctor and the rehabilitation team. Proper exercise and determination of the tension are the most difficult part of rehabilitation and requires specialization and excessive occupation on this field,
  • They will also be able to suggest therapy and exercise to patients with peripheral arteriopathy or venous diseases.


Teaching method

The teaching method of subject’s the lab part concentrates mostly in making student groups in order to cooperate and practice for more effective and interesting sessions.


Week by week schedule

The lab part of Physiotherapy of the Cardiovascular System is summarised in 30 teaching hours, organised in 15 2-hour sessions, in which student attendance is mandatory.


Week Unit


Introduction to the Basic Units of the Subject


Hearing heart, Heart Rate - Artery Pulse Measurement


Blood Pressure Measurement


Exercise & Heart Rate - Blood Pressure. How These 2 Parameters are affected by Aerobic - Anaerobic Exercise and what is their Clinical Significance for Cardiac Rehabilitation


Evaluation of a Heart Disease's Clinical Points (Dyspnea, Edema, etc)


1st Lab Evaluation


Place and Way to Conduct a Stress Test, Application with Protocols and Examples


Physiotherapy for Rehabilitation - General Principles for Exercise Prescription


Physiotherapeutic Intervention for a Heart Attack Patient in all Stages (ICU & High dependency Units, In-patient clinic, Stages II and III)


Physiotherapy for Heart Surgeries, ICU Κ/Χ , Pacemaker, Heart Transplantation


2nd Lab Evaluation


Exercise for Heart Failure - Constant Angina


Physiotherapeutic Rehabilitation for Peripheral Arteriopathies - Exercise


Physiotherapeutic Intervention for Acute and Chronic Thrombophlebitis, Chronic Venous Insufficiency


3rd Lab Evaluation




Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Brewis R.A.L. (2003). Νόσοι του Αναπνευστικού Συστήματος. Εκδ. Παρισιάνος, Αθήνα
  2. Ellis E., KeyA.J. (1994). Issues in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy.  Butterworth-Heinemmann. 2nd ed., Oxford
  3.  Frownfelter D., Dean E. (2006). Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy. Evidence and Practice. Mosby Elsevier. 4th ed
  4. Polden M.M. (1990). Physiotherapy in obstetrics and gynaecology
  5. Pryor J.A., Prasad S.A. (2002). Physiotherapy for respiratory and Cardiac Problems. Adults and Paediatrics.  Churchill Livingstone. 3rd ed., London
  6. Stephenson R., O’ Connor L.G. (2000). Obstetrics and gynaecology care in Physical Therapy.Slack Incorporated, 2nd Edition, US
  7. Wilkins R.L., Sheldon R.L., Krider S.J. (2005). Clinical Assessment in Respiratory Care. 4th edition, Mosby Elsevier


In Greek

  1. Γραμματοπούλου Ε., Βαβουράκη Ε. (1999). Αναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία. Έκδοση ΤΕΙ Αθήνας (Respiratory Physiotherapy)
  2. Ελληνική Εταιρεία Εντατικής Θεραπείας (2003). Φυσικοθεραπεία στη μονάδα εντατικής θεραπείας (PhysiotherapyinIntensiveCareUnit)
  3. Μπάρλου Πανοπούλου E. (2003). Φυσικοθεραπευτική φροντίδα αναπνευστικού αρρώστου, Εκδόσεις Μίνωας, Αθήνα (PhysiotherapeuticCareofRespiratoryPatient)
  4. Μπάρλου Ε., Πανόπουλος Γ. (2006) Αναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία σε Πνευμονικές και μη παθήσεις. ΕκδόσειςΣάλτο, Αθήνα (Respiratory Physiotherapy in Pulmonary and not Diseases)
  5. Παπαδοπούλου Χ. (2008). Αναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία.  Έκδοση ΑΤΕΙ Θεσ/νίκης (RespiratoryPhysiotherapy)
  6. Μυριανθεύς Π., Μπαλτόπουλος Γ. (2005). Μηχανική υποστήριξη της αναπνοής, Ιατρικές εκδόσεις Πασχαλίδης,  Αθήνα (MechanicalBreathingSupport)
  7. Reid W.D., Chung F. (2009). Κλινική Προσέγγιση στην Καρδιοαναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία. (Μετάφραση Αγγλικής Έκδοσης) Ιατρικές Εκδόσεις Πασχαλίδης, Αθήνα (ClinicalApproachinCardiopulmonaryPhysiotherapy)
  8. Chapman S., Robinson G., Stradling J., West S. (2007). Oxford ΕγχειρίδιοΠνευμονολογίας (ΜετάφρασηΑγγλικήςΈκδοσης) ΙατρικέςΕκδόσειςΠασχαλίδης, Αθήνα (OxfordManualofPneumology)



Laboratory assessment of Physiotherapy of the Cardiovascular System takes place on a daily basis with three more formal exam-type assessments which comprise of practical demonstration of techniques and methods from students. Except from the daily evaluation of students and the intermediate evaluation, a final examination takes place at the end of the semester. This examination is conducted by the teaching professors personally with the students divided in pairs, in order to recreate the skills they have obtained during the semester on each other. The final grade of the subject derives from the average of the theoretical and laboratory part and has to be 5 out of 10 or higher. Nevertheless, the students need to achieve 5 out of 10 for each of the parts to consider the subject passed. The examination’s duration is 15-30 minutes. After passing the theoretical and laboratory part, the students are awarded with 5 ECTS credits.           

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