Circulatory System Introduction

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5 Lessons

No organ quite symbolizes love like the heart. One reason may be that your heart helps you live, by moving ~5 liters (1.3 gallons) of blood through almost 100,000 kilometers (62,000 miles) of blood vessels every single minute! It has to do this all day, every day, without ever taking a vacation! Now that is true love. Learn about how the heart works, how blood flows through the heart, where the blood goes after it leaves the heart, and what your heart is doing when it makes the sound "Lub Dub (Dupp)."

Learning Outcomes

  • The student will demonstrate basic knowledge of the anatomy & physiology of the Cardiovascular system and be able to describe the structure and functions of the blood and blood vessels.
  • Depict, in general terms, the primary functions of the heart and vasculature.
  • Illustrate the pathways for the flow of blood through the heart chambers and large vessels associated with the heart.
  • Explain the series and parallel arrangement of the cardiac chambers, pulmonary circulation, and major organs of the systemic circulation.
  • Explain the series of physiologic activities that create the distinctive sounds the heart makes.

Work through the series of videos and activities

Approximate time required: 1 hour.

ACP Credits: 5


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