Catarina graduated in the School of Medicine of Lisbon where she obtained her medical degree in 2004. In 2006 she started her Cardiology residency at Hospital Pulido Valente. Her training included a rotation in the Intensive Care Unit, at Saint Thomas’ Hospital and at the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Royal Brompton Hospital, in London. She is also an invited assistant at Faculty of Medicine of the Universidade de Lisboa. She is currently undertaking a Ph.D. programme in Cardiovascular Sciences at the School of Medicine of Lisbon.