Cardiovascular Physiology, Seventh Edition

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-16
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The study guide that helps you to truly understand rather than merely memorize the essential principles of cardiovascular medicine

The goal of this unique review is to give you a working understanding of the key concepts of cardiovascular physiology. Concise but thorough, Cardiovascular Physiology focuses on the facts you need to get a solid big picture overview of how the cardiovascular system operates under normal and abnormal situations. There is no faster or more effective way to learn how the key principles of cardiovascular function apply to common physiological and pathological challenges than this engagingly-written guide.


-Clarifies the details of physiologic mechanisms and their role in pathologic states

-Links cardiovascular physiology to diagnosis and treatment

-Summarizes key concepts at the end of each chapter

-Highlights must-know information with chapter objectives

-Provides the perfect quick review for the USMLE Step 1

-Reinforces learning with study questions at the end of each chapter

-Keeps you up to date on the latest research and developments in this ever-changing field

The content you need to gain a thorough understanding of this essential subject:

Overview of the Cardiovascular System, Characteristics of Cardiac Muscle Cells, The Heart Pump, Measurement of Cardiac Function, Cardiac Abnormalities, The Peripheral Vascular System, Vascular Control, Central Venous Pressure: An Indicator of Circulatory Hemodynamics, Regulation of Arterial Pressure, Cardiovascular Response to Physiological Stresses, Cardiovascular Function in Pathological Situations.

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Short well mapped path to mastery of concepts and functions of cardiovascular physiology. Clarifies the details of physiologic mechanisms and their role in pathologic states.Links cardiovascular physiology to diagnosis and treatment. Excellent pedagogy with study questions and key concepts.

About the Book

Concise and thorough overview of the basic concepts of cardiovascular physiology. Because of the plethora of new information stemming from cardiovascular research, this new editon comes as a welcome reference for those who wish to stay abreast without being overwhelmed by unnecessarymethodological details.

Features #1 choice for cardiovascular physiology!

-Ideal quick review for the USMLE Step 1 with enhanced illustrations, an easier to read format, and handy new tables of normal cardiovascular system values

-Reinforces learning with new study questions

-Links cardiovascular physiology to dagnosis and treatment.


-Primary Markets:1st and 2nd year Medical Students: 16,000 per year

-Secondary Markets:Nurse Practitioners and PA Students

Author Profiles

David E. Mohrman Ph.D Lois Jane Heller Ph.D University of Minnesota, Duluth Department of Physiology School of Medicine 1035 University Drive Duluth Minnesota

Author Biography

David E. Mohrman Ph.D
Lois Jane Heller Ph.D

University of Minnesota, Duluth
Department of Physiology
School of Medicine
1035 University Drive
Duluth Minnesota

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Overview of the Cardiovascular Systemp. 1
Objectivesp. 1
Homeostatic Role of the Cardiovascular Systemp. 1
The Basic Physics of Blood Flowp. 5
The Heartp. 8
The Vasculaturep. 13
Bloodp. 15
Foundation for Subsequent Chaptersp. 17
Key Conceptsp. 17
Study Questionsp. 18
Characteristics of Cardiac Muscle Cellsp. 20
Objectivesp. 20
Electrical Activity of Cardiac Muscle Cellsp. 21
Mechanical Activity of the Heartp. 35
Relating Cardiac Muscle Cell Mechanics to Ventricular Functionp. 44
Key Conceptsp. 45
Study Questionsp. 46
The Heart Pumpp. 48
Objectivesp. 48
Cardiac Cyclep. 49
Determinants of Cardiac Outputp. 55
Influences on Stroke Volumep. 56
Summary of Determinants of Cardiac Outputp. 59
Cardiac Energeticsp. 63
Key Conceptsp. 65
Study Questionsp. 66
Measurements of Cardiac Functionp. 67
Objectivesp. 67
Measurement of Cardiac Outputp. 67
Cardiac Contractility Estimatesp. 68
Measurement of Cardiac Excitation-The Electrocardiogramp. 70
Cardiac Dipoles and Electrocardiographic Recordsp. 74
Mean Electrical Axis and Axis Deviationsp. 77
The Standard 12-Lead Electrocardiogramp. 79
Key Conceptsp. 81
Study Questionsp. 81
Cardiac Abnormalitiesp. 83
Objectivesp. 83
Electrical Abnormalities and Arrhythmiasp. 83
Valvular Abnormalitiesp. 88
Key Conceptsp. 91
Study Questionsp. 92
The Peripheral Vascular Systemp. 94
Objectivesp. 94
Cardiovascular Transportp. 96
Basic Vascular Functionp. 102
Measurement of Arterial Pressurep. 111
Determinants of Arterial Pressurep. 112
Key Conceptsp. 115
Study Questionsp. 116
Vascular Controlp. 119
Objectivesp. 119
Vascular Smooth Musclep. 120
Control of Arteriolar Tonep. 125
Control of Venous Tonep. 134
Summary of Primary Vascular Control Mechanismsp. 134
Vascular Control of Coronary Blood Flowp. 135
Vascular Control in Specific Organsp. 138
Key Conceptsp. 146
Study Questionsp. 146
Central Venous Pressure: An Indicator of Circulatory Hemodynamicsp. 148
Objectivesp. 148
Interaction of System Componentsp. 148
Central Venous Pressure: An Indicator of Circulatory Statusp. 151
Influence of Central Venous Pressure on Venous Returnp. 152
Influence of Peripheral Venous Pressure on Venous Returnp. 153
Determination of Cardiac Output and Venous Return by Central Venous Pressurep. 154
Clinical Implications of Abnormal Central Venous Pressuresp. 159
Key Conceptsp. 160
Study Questionsp. 161
Regulation of Arterial Pressurep. 163
Objectivesp. 163
Short-Term Regulation of Arterial Pressurep. 164
Long-Term Regulation of Arterial Pressurep. 174
Key Conceptsp. 180
Study Questionsp. 181
Cardiovascular Responses to Physiological Stressesp. 183
Objectivesp. 183
Effect of Respiratory Activityp. 185
Effect of Gravityp. 188
Effect of Exercisep. 193
Normal Cardiovascular Adaptationsp. 197
Effect of Genderp. 201
Key Conceptsp. 201
Study Questionsp. 202
Cardiovascular Function in Pathological Situationsp. 204
Objectivesp. 204
Circulatory Shockp. 205
Cardiac Disturbancesp. 210
Hypertensionp. 217
Key Conceptsp. 221
Study Questionsp. 222
Answers to Study Questionsp. 224
p. 239
p. 240
p. 241
p. 243
p. 246
Indexp. 251
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Great Concise Review Material March 22, 2011
I ordered this book as a review of cardio physiology in medical school, and I absolutely love it. It covers the major points and concepts in a concise, distilled, and clear manner. I kind of wish I had this book while I was in school, would have made things a great deal easier. It really worth much more than that.
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