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Cardiovascular Physiology Concepts

Richard E. Klabunde, PhD


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Hemodynamics Tutorial

This tutorial provides a systematic approach to learning by using a sequence that is similar to how this topic would unfold in a traditional textbook. The student is encouraged to go not only to the initial link associated with each tutorial question, but also to use embedded hyperlinks to expand upon the physiological concepts associated with the question.

Quiz Questions Linked to Tutorial

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  1. Which vessel types are most important in determining vascular resistance?
  2. What is the relationship between pressure, flow and resistance?
  3. What factors determine resistance to blood flow?
  4. How do changes changes in vessel radius alter single vessel resistance?
  5. How does blood viscosity affect blood flow, and what factors determine viscosity?
  6. What is the difference between laminar and turbulent flow and how does the latter alter the pressure-flow relationship?
  7. What are series and parallel vascular networks and how do they influence vascular resistance?
  8. What is the relationship between flow, velocity and cross-sectional area?
  9. How do changes in flow velocity alter the kinetic and potential (pressure) energy of flow (Bernoulli principle)?

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Revised 12/6/16

DISCLAIMER: These materials are for educational purposes only, and are not a source of medical decision-making advice.