, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 363-364
Date: 19 Jul 2011

The Difficult Task of Teaching Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy

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Cardiovascular pharmacotherapy plays a pivotal role in the management of patients with cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular pharmacotherapy is inextricably linked to both clinical pharmacology and the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. Pharmacology, as a biomedical science, focuses on the complex interactions between drugs and living systems and has contributed substantially to advances in the management of many diseases, in general, and cardiac diseases in particular. The discovery of new drugs and the rapid development of cardiovascular medicine in the past 50 years have helped cardiovascular pharmacology and pharmacotherapy to become a major medical science and to play a central role in cardiovascular medicine. Teaching and learning pharmacology and pharmacotherapy efficiently is of paramount importance as these markedly influence patient treatment. Pharmacology and pharmacotherapy are still taught—in many countries—in a traditional fashion and although teaching these discipl