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Cardiovascular disease remains the chief cause of mortality and morbidity in adults in many parts of the world, and diagnosis and treatment is increasingly based on cellular, intracellular, and molecular parameters as well as systems analysis. Consequently, it is vital that medical students learn the fundamental physiology of the cardiovascular system. This book, along with its interactive electronic learning modules, breathes life into the subject, with animations, videos, and game-like decision-making.



  • Accessible - concise, practical text with electronic materials that bring to life the function of the heart and blood vessels

  • Flexible - study questions with click-to-review answer choices inspire the user to     pause and self-assess as they progress through the modules

  • Interactive - hotspots that can be clicked to add data, make choices, draw graphs, and reveal information

  • Relevant - clinical examples ensure relevance for students in medical school and early postgraduate training

  • eResources – perfect for active self-learning that can be paced to suit the learner, with study questions and opportunities to pause and review.


Table of Contents

Section I: Cardiac Electrophysiology and the Electrocardiogram (ECG). Introduction. Ventricular Myocyte Electrophysiology. Cardiac Electrical Activity Elsewhere than in Ventricular Myocytes. Physiologic Consequences of Ionic Mechanisms. Control of Heart Rate. Electrical Properties and Cardiac Myocyte Structure. Conduction of Electrical Activity in the Heart. Electrocardiogram. Section II: Cardiovascular System. Introduction. How the Circulation Works. Cardiac Cycle, Heart Sounds and Murmurs. Ventricular Function. Peripheral Circulation. Circulatory Controls. Regional Blood Flow. Microcirculation.

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