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What you will learn

Course description: 

This audio-visual/multimedia tutorial provided by Philips Medical Systems Clinical Education Department provides an overview of the Cardiac Cycle, the Cardiac Conduction Pathway, the Cardiac Output, and the structure and function of the heart and its role in the cardiovascular system.

This tutorial uses animation, motion graphics and multimedia files to enhance your learning experience. Some of the animations have audio, so make sure you turn up the sound on your computer. Depending on your Internet Service Provider and your modem, some of the files may take a moment to download. Be patient. We are confident that you will find this online learning experience informative and rewarding.




Course objectives: 

Welcome to the Overview of Human Anatomy and Physiology course on the Cardiac System. This tutorial is divided into four sections with learning objectives for each section.

After completing Structure and Function Overview, you should be able to:

  • Describe the location of the heart
  • Describe the function of the pericardium
  • Identify the major vessels and chambers of the heart and describe the flow of blood through the heart
  • Identify the major valves of the heart and describe their functions
  • Describe the heart wall and explain the purpose of coronary circulation


After completing Cardiac Cycle, you should be able to:

  • Identify the events of the cardiac cycle
  • Describe the relationship between cardiac structures and their role in the cardiac cycle
  • Relate heart sounds to the events of the cardiac cycle


After completing Cardiac Conduction Pathway, you should be able to:

  • Describe the types of cardiac muscle cells
  • Identify the parts of the cardiac conduction pathway and their functions
  • Discuss cardiac conduction and its relationship to an electrocardoigram (ECG)


After completing Cardiac Output, you should be able to:

  • Define stroke volume and cardiac output
  • Discuss the relationship between heart rate, stroke volume, and cardiac output
  • Identify the factors that control cardiac output
Course details

Delivery method: 

  • eLearning


  • English

Course author(s): 

Philips Clinical Education Author

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