Introduction to the Cardiac System
Introduction to the Cardiac System

Introduction to the Cardiac System

by Joseph Alpert, MD

The cardiovascular system is among the most studied and fascinating systems in the human body and has also been the subject of metaphysical speculation through centuries. The cardiovascular system is responsible for the continuous and closed circulation of blood through all tissues for the exchange of gases and metabolic byproducts. Accordingly, it is composed of two major components to fulfill this goal: the heart and blood vessels.

In this course, the student will be taken through the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, followed by the methods of assessment of cardiovascular function and its pharmacology. For optimal comprehension, the student should be familiar with the basic anatomy of the heart and major blood vessels, the principles of action potentials and conduction of bioelectricity, and the effects of the autonomic nervous system on cardiovascular physiology.

Cardiovascular disease is a major public health concern in the western world, and its associated morbidity can severely impair the functionality and quality of life of affected individuals. A good clinician should be able to identify the most common signs and symptoms associated with cardiac anomalies and also be proficient in analyzing ECG tracings. Coronary artery disease and conduction abnormalities are of special interest to general practitioners and ER physicians. For students, the importance of these aspects cannot be understated.

Course Details

  • Videos 28
  • Duration 4:01 h
  • Quiz questions 139
  • Articles 16


Your Educators of course Introduction to the Cardiac System

 Joseph Alpert, MD

Joseph Alpert, MD

Dr. Joseph Alpert is the Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Director of Coronary Care and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine, USA.
He obtained his Medical Degree cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1969. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Professors of Medicine, and Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Medicine.
Due to his achievements, he earned the Gifted Teacher Award from the American College of Cardiology in 2004.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Alpert teaches courses on Cardiology and the Cardiac System.

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By Elle W. on 09. July 2021 for Reading Ecgs – The Patient's History (Diagnostics)

Dr Alpert explains the introduction to ECG in a fun way. He can connect with the students even online. I like how he demonstrates atrial fibrillation like he's rapping. Will definitely remember that one.

Great lecture
By andres d. on 08. June 2021 for Electrical Conduction System – Physiology of the Heart

The explanation was great. It was way better than my instructor's.

very informative.
By werner r. on 13. December 2020 for The Four Heart Chambers and Their Function – Anatomy of the Heart

Great! The lecture is very straight forward and easy to understand.

The Best Tutor Ever
By bibi h. on 17. February 2020 for The Four Heart Chambers and Their Function – Anatomy of the Heart

I wish Dr. Alpert presented all of Cardiology Presentations. I cannot stop watching it and feeling learning a lot!! Thank you so much!