Cardiovascular Didactic Tool for Students

  • Romina L. Gay Stabile Facu1tad de Ciencias Médicas U.N.C.
  • Franco M. Maestri 2Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales U.N.C.
  • Francisco Bernabeu Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Gonzalo R. Escamilla Colegio Universitario IES – Siglo 21; Córdoba, Argentina
  • María F. Zalazar Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Nicolás C. Chávez Milquevich Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Federico L. Vera Facultad de Ciencias Médicas U.N.C.
  • Gustavo Juri Facultad de Ciencias Médicas U.N.C.

Abstract

Virtual technologies can improve the learning process of cardiac system functions. The object of this study is the development of a Cardiovascular Didactic Tool (CDT) that allows the implementation of learning activities; together with dynamic viewing of information seen in cardiovascular system pathologies. Construct 2 graphics engine software framework was used for the development of this tool.The following physiological variables were used as part of the design: Heart Rate, Systolic Volume, Cardiac Output, Peripheral Resistance, Blood Pressure, Contractility and Preload. Heart failure was selected as the basic pathology, and other four pathologyes were selected as examples of representative causal agents: Myocardial Infarct, Arterial Hypertension, Cardiac Insufficiency and Aortic Valve Stenosis. The Adaptive processes and design within time were described.Within the pedagogical activity proposed, there is an introductory instructional class, addressed to undergraduate students of the Biomedical Engineering career, who evaluate the CDT based on its didactic quality. The students answered a questionnaire about the usability and functionality of the teaching tool.The results show that this didactic tool complements and improves the learning and comprehension of the intervening factors and variables that determine heart failure.
Published
2018-04-26
Section
Scientific articles