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View Resource The Heart: The Engine of Life

This website from The Franklin Institute lets visitors explore the mysteries and inner workings of the human heart. The site contains some remarkable facts, including the observation that over the average human's lifetime the heart beats more than two and a half billion times. The site includes seven sections, including "Development," "Structure," "Vessels," "Blood," and "Monitoring." The...

View Resource The Determinants of Cardiac Output

Part of the Gross Physiology of the Cardiovascular System site, this 22-minute video presentation explains fundamental but often misunderstood concepts about the determinants of cardiac output, using Dr. Anderson's hydraulic model of the cardiovascular system. It is a useful summary and overview of the concepts presented in greater detail in the online text. A transcript of the video...

View Resource Congestive Heart Failure on Chest X-rays

Introduction to the basics of interpretation of CHF on chest filmsAnnotated: trueDisease diagnosis: Vascular

View Resource HyperHeart

HyperHeart is a tutorial that portrays the major events of the cardiac cycle including systole and diastole. Changes in atrial pressure and ventricular pressure are shown in relation to the classic heart sounds and the electrocardiogram (EKG). Descriptions for each phase of the cardiac cycle are provided in addition to frame-by frame viewing. With this tool, students may discover the complex...

View Resource The Gross Physiology of the Cardiovascular System

This site is the online text of Dr. Robert M. Anderson's book The Gross Physiology of the Cardiovascular System. Even though biomedical knowledge is continually advancing and becoming more specific, Anderson feels that it is important to "have a clear understanding of the gross mechanical function of the cardiovascular system as a whole." This resource is provided as a model to do just that. The...

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