01: Healthy Heart and Investigations: Introduction
Anatomy and physiology
Before starting this module we suggest that you review either the anatomy and physiology of the heart. This module reviews some aspects of cardiac anatomy and physiology and you should consider independent study if you feel you require more in-depth information or your knowledge is incomplete.
The article below is current but you do require to subscribe to access:
- Farley, A., McLafferty, E. & Hendry, C. (2012) The cardiovascular system. Nursing Standard 27 9 pp35-39.
This article, which forms part of the life science series, examines the cardiovascular system, focusing on the anatomy and physiology of the heart. The blood flow through the heart is described and the regulatory mechanisms of the heart are identified and discussed. The cardiac conduction system is examined, outlining the normal sequence of events in the cardiac cycle. In addition, a brief overview of some common cardiac disorders is provided.
There are many other resources that you may helpful to access. Below are just a few suggestions;
- British Heart Foundation - Know Your Heart
Know Your Heart is our new free, interactive learning tool presented by Dr. Hilary Jones. It´s designed to help you learn how your heart works. It also helps to explain what you can do to help keep your heart healthy and lower your risk of getting cardiovascular disease.
- Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland improves the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community. They are a valuable source of information for staff and patients.
- Heart Research UK is a visionary charity that leads the way funding ground breaking, innovative medical research projects at the cutting edge of science into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.
- SHARP (Scottish Heart and Arterial Disease Risk Prevention) is a registered Scottish charity founded in 1988 by a group of doctors and nurses to tackle the problem of premature illness and death due to cardiovascular disease, with an emphasis on education and research.
- Khan Academy - The Heart (Videos - YouTube). Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
After reviewing these, hopefully you will have refreshed/gained a better understanding of the normal structure, function and electrophysiology of the heart.
It may be you can access local cardiac anatomy and physiology resources or have your own text to refer to.
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