The study of the physiology and pathology of the cardiovascular system, especially the heart.

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Why there is a very high drop in pressure from arteries to arterioles?

Laplace law explains why the pressure is the same in aorta and arteries (100). I am thinking why there is so big drop in pressure when going from arteries to arterioles (40-60). Why there is a great ...
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Breakdown current for human body

If I am not mistaken, during exposure to electricity sources it is the magnitude of the current and not the voltage that kills the human body. If so, what is the order of magnitude of current that ...
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Biphasic T wave caused by digitalis toxicity

Digitalis is a drug that can be used during coronary insufficiency to increase the strength of cardiac muscle contraction. But when overdosages of digitalis are given, depolarization duration ...
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What are the benefits of statins in terms of prolonging life?

Recently the UK government suggested that all adults over the age of 50, without exception, would benefit from taking statins. I have an elderly female relative who may, or may not have had a minor ...
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Function of the Auricle in heart

What is the function of the auricles (conical appendages through the atria) present in the heart? Do they have any other function than increasing the volume of blood the heart can hold?
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Why does the arch of aorta coils?

My study materials use the word vesselcompression chamber of aorta to emphasize aorta's elastic property. The arch of the aorta only coils, not its straight part. I think the reason why the arch ...
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fibroblast cells and fibers

I am interested in fibroblast cells in human arteries. Here are the things that I am not clear at the moment and I could not find any answer from the literature: What are the dimensions of these ...
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Why is elevated homocysteine considered a risk factor for angina?

Elevated homocysteine levels are listed among risk factors for angina. How is homocysteine related to the heart? Or the coronary arteries? How do these relationships make it a risk factor for angina? ...
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Can stress echocardiography show coronary blood flow difference before and after exercise?

Stress echocardiography means a pair of cardiac ultrasound imaging examinations, before and after exercise. I assume that coronary blood flow is increased after exercise. Is cardiac ultrasound ...
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Is it possible that the recipient of a heart transplant would display some of the donor's personality traits, as if the heart has memories?

I've read somewhere that after a person has a heart transplant, it is possible that his/her attitude, action or behavior would change slightly or significantly, as though he/she possesses some aspects ...
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Fast standing and the heart's insufficient accommodation of the increased venous return

Assume you are 45 minutes on the supine position. Furthermore: you stand all of a sudden and fast and without sympaticus activity. The venous return (smooth musculature of vessels) accommodates ...
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Sodium levels and blood pressure

Why does low Na+ levels cause hypotension (low blood pressure). Alternatively, why does excessive intake of Na+ cause hypertension or high blood pressure? From what I understand, there are ...
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How do inward rectifier potassium channels work in the heart?

Apparently in myocytes, there is an inward rectifier potassium channel that operates in phase 4 of the myocyte action potential. I have heard that while this is named as an inward rectifier, that ...
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Why is the blood pressure in the superior vena cava during inhalation less than during the exhalation? [closed]

For further investigation into the progress of the blood pressure, we will measure a patient's blood pressure in the superior vena cava measured during inhalation and during an exhalation. His heart ...
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What is the insight of Frank Starling law of the heart?

The Frank Starling law appears to be a trivial observation: stroke volume is directly related to the end diastolic volume In everyday language, as more blood fills the heart, the heart pumps more ...
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Neural correlates of the function of the cardiovascular system?

Are there any known neural correlates of the function of the cardiovascular system? I'm looking for research results that use standard brain imaging techniques (e.g. electroencephalography, ...
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ECG of heart transplant patients

I am studying ECGs of heart transplant patients. The difficult thing is that there is so little available data publicly. I must apply for data in my universities. It would be also great if ...
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Speed of effective lymphatic drainage?

Lymphatic drainage occurs from many portions of the body: To venous angle: head axillary lymph nodes hands abdomen legs (I think legs' drainage goes through abdomen) The speed of the lymph ...
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Could below zero decibel environment cause arrhythmia? [closed]

While this topic has virtually no real life application and has never been examined due to obvious reasons, it is quite intriguing to me. I've read a lot of speculations and claims about the world's ...
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Why is sarcoma more prevalent and common in right heart?

Ewing's sarcoma or Ewing sarcoma is a malignant small, round, blue cell tumor. It is a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue. It is more common in right heart than ...
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Arm at Heart Level when Measuring Blood Pressure

How come that one's arm has to be at heart level so that the blood pressure can be measured accurately. I've tried researching this question, but most answers to it were just "if the arm is above the ...
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Why is heart failure treated as more critical than kidney failure?

The heart pumps the blood to supply tissues and kidney always filters the blood to remove urea,extra water and etc. And all these are vital,so the kidney is as important as heart: and my question is: ...
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About a mechanical aid to the heart

I saw a news story a few years ago (I think) about a girl with a poor heart having a device implant that took over only some of the functioning of her heart ( I think they called it a piggy-back ...
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In an open circulatory system, how is blood moved?

In the mollusks section, the powerpoint mentioned that gastropods and bivalves have an open circulatory system. According to the note, this means that the blood does not travel in vessels. How, then, ...
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Why are Lymphatic trunks part of the Cardiovascular system?

According to Wikipedia the Terminologia Anatomica (international anatomy standard) the lymphatic trunks are part of the cardiovascular system instead of the lymphoid system. Why did they make that ...
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Is Sinus node conduction necessary for heart beating?

Assume a patient with previous cardial infaction which SA node not possible to activate action potential anymore. However, SA trying to beat unsuccessfully repeatedly waisting energy. Therefore, I ...
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People say the cardiac cycle depends on blood pressure? How so?

I know what the cardiac cycle is. There are two phases diastole and systole. One is the relaxed, and the other is the contracted form of the heart. The diastole is where blood is pumped to the ...
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Does physical exercise following lack of sleep increase the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD)?

Is there any scientific evidence supporting the hypothesis that physical exercise following lack of sleep increases the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD)? The only relevant research I could find is: ...
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To determine no beating cardiomyocytes from ECG or video recording

I am trying to find data and some method by which I can see and say that there are some cardiomyocytes not working. I have reviewed many arrythmia data where I think I can see much cardiomyocetes ...
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Are there any forms of heart failure where cell size decreases?

I think hypertrophy happens in most of the cases. However, I am not sure if hypertrophy always happens. I started to think about wet lungs (pulmonary reason for the left-sided heart failure). Can the ...
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Voltage-gated Potassium channels in the action potential of cardiomyocyte?

There is one type of potassium voltage-gated channels open in Phase 1 too. Some call them early repolarization channels. I am not convinced that the channels are different in different phases: 0, 2, ...
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What is the effect of extra-cellular potassium concentration on heart rate and conduction velocity?

If the extracellular potassium concentration surrounding a myocyte increases, then the potassium gradient accross the cell membrane decreases, and therefore the resting membrane potential will become ...
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Do nerve cells cause action potential in cardiac muscle?

I think the answer is no, but I am not 100% sure. If it was yes, then the dendrite of the nerve cell should each time receive a stimulus causing Na+ channels to open, when the contraction happen. ...
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What's seen when stress echocardiography shows ischaemia? Can this happen without angina?

What can be seen on the screen when stress echocardiography (a pair of heart ultrasounds before and after exercise) suggests ischaemia? Can this happen without chest pain? Illustration from ...
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Public Pacemaker database online?

I am looking for any database about pacemakers with the leads atria A right ventricle VR left ventricle VL I did not find any in Physionet. Is there any anonymous data about different ...
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Recovering Coma patient with theoretical full knowledge of heart function

In coma, there is the medullary depression (stage of agony). Spontaneous respiration and circulation cease i.e. vasomotor center. There is no full circulatory and respiratory support. Assume you ...
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What is the nature of action potentials in autonomic nervous system?

My conjecture is that the natures of sympathetic and parasympathetic action potentials are different. My findings propose me that sympathetic action potential is little longer lasting than ...
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What are the mechanisms of disabling extrinsic control of heart?

I started this thread by thinking this question but I developed it further below What is the mechanism maintaining refractory period of pacemakers? My conjecture is that the mechanism is the ...
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How do the symptoms of Sepsis affect heart function?

I have intuition that Sepsis with infection can cause spastic functioning of heart during systole heart working spontaneously in snatches during systole atrial fibrillation first contraction of ...
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How do cellphones calculate heart rate?

How do cellphones calculate heart rate ? I understand that the cameras there try to count undulation in blood flow, but is the method of calculation same as that of professional SpO2 monitors ?
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To define the total Resistance of Systemic Blood Circulation

Some systems are in parallel. For instance, the resistance of lungs $R_{\text{lungs}}$. Assume here for simplicity that these parallel systems can be handled linearly. We also consider only Total ...
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Is end-systolic volume (ESV) the same as residual volume?

I am reading this site and my study materials. The end-systolic volume (ESV), 50-60 ml, is the volume of blood found in ventricles after systole and contraction of ventricles. I think ESV is the same ...
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Cardiac ECG database with high sampling rate?

MIT-BIT arrhythmia database follows AAMI standards. It has samples of 360 sampling frequency so it can detect heart beats of 180 Hz because of Nyquist frequency. I have noted that this frequency ...
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If a receptor is inhibited throughout embryogenesis, could there be observable phenotypic differences in the adult?

So I read a journal article entitled "Maternal hypoxia and caffeine exposure depress fetal CV function during primary organogenesis" (Momoi, et al., 2012) and in essence the article speaks of the ...
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Can we make any judgements about sleep or readiness to sleep from a heart rate metric and/or pulse oxymetry?

I'm looking at inexpensive and un-intrusive ways to quantify the state of human body/mind . One of these is Actigraphy, which is a study of human motion over time. This can be done with an iPhone ...
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What is the effect of persistent hypothermia on cardiac performance?

I define persistent hypothermia in this thread about the mechanisms of persistent hypothermia. The Graph of Katzung et al. in Pharmacology about Heart Failure: I am thinking which parts here are ...
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What is the name of the condition where no pacemaker cells are active in the heart for a short-time?

Assume that the heart is beating, but no pacemaker cells are working for at least 15 seconds. This would be a very long compensatory pause if extrasystole started it. There may be some low frequent ...
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What happens when the brain is no longer capable of co-ordinating or regulating the heart and breathing rates? [closed]

Does the heart no longer function? Does it go into ventricular fibrillation? What happens?
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Are Purkinje Action Potentials Neuronal and Cardiac?

I first thought that action potentials of His-bundle i.e. Purkinje fibers are Cardiac. However, I started to think that this is not enough. I think now that they are neuronal and cardiac. My ...
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Can Omega 3 Fatty Acids prevent chest pain in periodic Atrial Fibrillation?

It is debated if omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (N3PUFa) may be effective in preventing AF (atrial fibrillation), meta-analysis here. However, much less has been considered this: Do N3-PUFAs ...