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Cardiovascular Physiology Concepts

Richard E. Klabunde, PhD


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The following tutorials have been developed to provide a logical sequence for learning about the heart and circulation. The first block of tutorials focuses on normal physiology. The second block of tutorials emphasizes the pathophysiological mechanisms of several cardiovascular disorders. Because the pathophysiology tutorials assume a basic knowledge of normal physiology, it is helpful to first go through the normal physiology tutorials before the pathophysiology tutorials.

Quiz Questions Linked to Tutorials

Users of now have an opportunity to self-assess learning by answering quiz questions. At the end of each tutorial, there is a link to an external website that has multiple choice and true/false questions that are associated with the tutorial. When the quiz results are given to the user after taking the quiz, links are provided back to specific pages to assist learning. Users will need to register (free) on the site to access the quiz questions for the tutorial. No personal information is available to other than user provided login name and analysis of user performance on the quiz questions. This feedback will be used to improve content and quiz questions.

Normal Cardiovascular Physiology
Cardiac electrophysiology (cell membrane potentials, action potentials, and their conduction)
Cardiac function and its regulation
Blood pressure and its regulation
Hemodynamics of blood flow
Blood flow regulation
Microvascular fluid exchange
Oxygen exchange and balance


Pathophysiology of Cardiovascular Disorders
Cardiac arrhythmias
Heart failure
Heart valve disease
Hypertension and hypotension
Coronary artery disease
Peripheral artery disease


Revised 12/6/16

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