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 4:04 h
  • Quiz questions 130
  • Concept Pages 3


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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Cardiology is a very important matter, patients use to be very ill and medical decisions has to be well oriented. Prof Alpert has the hability to explain slowly, well oriented way and insist in what we see in practice. thank you so much.

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