Explore clinical physiology
Have you, or anyone you know, had an ECG (a tracing of the electrical activity of the heart)? Perhaps you've had a breathing test? These tests and many more are performed by qualified cardiovascular or respiratory/sleep healthcare science practitioners. If you're interested in becoming one, this online taster will help you learn more about the roles.
It's an introduction to healthcare science, in three parts:
Each part consists of a video lecture (approximately ten minutes long); a list of recommended reading, websites and social media channels to follow; as well as an optional quiz if you want to test your knowledge. The three parts build on each other so we recommend you complete them in sequence.
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Healthcare science is a general title for the area where practitioners diagnose and treat illnesses using a range of highly specialised equipment. Healthcare science practitioners work in four main disciplines: life sciences, physiological sciences, physical sciences and biomechanical engineering, and bioinformatics.
Cardiovascular or respiratory/sleep practitioners specialising in physiological sciences (also called clinical physiologists) usually work in clinical environments, such as outpatient clinics, wards, or within specialist departments that involve a lots of direct interaction with patients.
Physiological sciences also cover a variety of specialised areas: audiology, cardiac sciences, clinical perfusion, critical care science, gastrointestinal physiology, neurophysiology, ophthalmic and vision science, respiratory physiology and sleep sciences, urodynamic science, and vascular science.
Bundle branch block: Is a condition when there is a blockage or delay to one of the bundle branches.
Heart block: Is a condition when a patient's heart beats slowly or not in the correct rhythm because of a problem with the electrical pulses of the heart.
Pulmonary diseases: abnormal conditions related to a patient’s lungs.
Lung capacity: The volume of air in the lungs after the deepest breath.
Peak flow: Is the way to test and measure how quick a patient can blow the air out.
COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease): Is a condition that causes difficulties in breathing
Pulmonary fibrosis: Is a general term for the condition of the lungs with scar tissue
If you want to learn more about the definition of the medical terminologies please visit the NHS Choices website.