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Management of Inherited, Congenital or Acquired Arrhythmias

20 Credit CPD Module at Level 4 (Masters), running over 10 weeks – Commencing week beginning 11th January – 22nd March 2010

Arrhythmias can present at any time during childhood with many demonstrating similar electrophysiological mechanisms to those identified in adults. However some arrhythmias are exclusively experienced by children and young people (CYP) and are either not seen in adulthood or behave very differently to the corresponding adult arrhythmia. Despite this many neonatal arrhythmias will resolve completely after 12-18 months as a consequence of myocardial maturation and growth (Stuart, 2005).

Moreover most sudden cardiac deaths in the under 30s are caused by inherited cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias. It is believed that approximately 400 cases per year of sudden cardiac death syndrome are unexplained and have a genetic basis (DH, 2005).

The aim of this module is to encourage the student to explore the concept of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death syndrome in CYP. Health care practitioners looking after CYP with and without congenital heart disease require an in depth understanding of the anatomy, physiology, embryology and morphology considered.

Key themes included in the module

  • Anatomy, physiology and morphology of the conduction system
  • Embryological development of the conduction system
  • Genetic and gestational contributory factors
  • Pathophysiology of arrhythmias occurring in children and young people
  • Treatment options
  • Medical / Interventional
    • Drugs
    • Pacemakers
    • ICDs
    • Ablation
  • Surgical procedures
  • Long term outcomes
    • Psychological
    • Bereavement
  • Support groups

Benefits to you

  • Continued professional development
  • Interprofessional learning environment
  • Sharing and critically evaluating knowledge and experience with colleagues
  • Can be studied as a standalone module or taken as an optional module for the MSc Contemporary Health Care – Congenital Cardiothoracic Care
  • Collaboration with Arrhythmia Alliance/CRY and the Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association (CCNA)

What we offer?

  • Training and 24 hour support in the use of the online environment
  • Credits towards a post graduate award (MSc Contemporary Health Care – Congenital Cardiothoracic Care)
  • Advice regarding how this module can APEL into other programmes elsewhere (please ask for more information)

Educational aims of the MSc Contemporary Health Care – Congenital Cardiothoracic Care

With regard to the area of academic study in health and/or social sciences:

  • Undertake a coherent programme of study.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding.
  • Critically and rigorously analyse the relevant literature, including research-based evidence and policy documents.
  • Influence the strategic direction of patient care within one’s own field of practice at local, national and/or international level.
  • Facilitate continued professional development and the advancement of clinical practice.

This course aims to focus the learning though an underpinning of research while:

  1. Allowing the students’ interests to determine the emphasis of the subject matter and the direction of their learning process.
  2. Examining the complex social and political nature of health and social care, using an integrated approach drawing on a range of perspectives.

What are the entry requirements for this module?

  • This module is open to all registered health care professionals working with children, young people and adults with Congenital Heart Disease.
  • Evidence of recent study and/or the ability to study at level 4.
  • Students will be required to have comprehensive IT skills as this module is offered via e-based learning methods.
  • Access to a computer and Broadband internet access.

When is the module?

Week beginning 11th January – week beginning 22nd March 2010 Live web conferences on Wednesday mornings 10 -11am

For more information please contact:

  • Kerry Cook, Module Leader
  • Senior Lecturer, Children & Young People’s Nursing
  • Tel: 024 7679 5854
  • Email:

OR: (for application forms)

  • The Marketing and Admission Unit
  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
  • Coventry University
  • CV1 5FB
  • Tel: 024 7679 5959
  • Email:

Published on: November 4, 2009

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