Teaching period

5th semester


Learning outcomes

  • Basic target of this lesson is the student to understand that physiotherapy on the cardiovascular system does not offer specialized knowledge that would be useful only to a physiotherapist who is occupied exclusively at cardiac rehabilitation,
  • The knowledge that a student gains assists him/her to evaluate a patient as a whole and not only focus on the disease that somebody is requiring help for. For example, most older people that require physicotherapy, might seem healthy, but they possibly have some diseases that should not elude a therapist’s attention (Hypertension-Hypotension, Arrhythmia, Angina, Venous Insufficiency etc)
  • By taking a proper medical history and recognizing several symptoms that could reveal a cardiac disease, one can avoid unfortunate situations such as fainting, dizziness, overfatigue, excessive increase of blood pressure that can occur in a physiotherapy clinic.


Teaching method

  • Visual means such as slideshows,
  • Lectures,
  • Discussions with the students.


Week by week schedule

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


Week Unit


Introduction to the basic units of the subject


Heart, Anatomical & Physiological Elements of the Cardiac Function


Cardiac Parameters & Heart Rate. Stroke Volume (SV), Cardiac Output (CO), Ejection Fraction (EF), Maximal Oxygen Output, Blood Pressure


Cardiovascular Diseases, Innate & Acquired


Paraclinical Heart Tests, Electrocardiogram


Stress Test - Its Clinical Significance as a Diagnostical Tool and as an Exercise Tension Determinative Tool


Fundamental Principles of Designing an Exercise for Cardiovascular Rehabilitation


Coronary Artery Disease, Angina, Myocardial Infraction (MI)


Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. Open and Closed Heart Surgery


Designing an Exercise for Heart Failure and Constant Angina


Arteries, Anatomical Elements & Artery Diseases


Veins, Anatomical Elements & Vein Diseases


Circulatory Collapse - First Aid for Heart Attack - Loss of Consciousness




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)



Assessment of the theoretical part of Physiotherapy of the Cardiovascular System takes place in the end of the semester and has 2 examination periods. In case somebody fails in the 1st exam, they may take the 2nd. If they fail twice, they have to attend the module/subject again. The examination students take is consisted of open and closed type questions. 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 2 hours. After passing the theoretical and laboratory part, the students are awarded with 5 ECTS credits.

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