Unit code: HET230
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||Approximately 4.5 Hours per Week|
Aims and objectivesTo establish an understanding of the physiology associated with human cardiovascular processes and the application of monitoring techniques.
- The heart: cardiac cycle, mechanical and electrical events, Starling's law, mechanical properties of cardiac muscle.
- Fluid dynamics/flow instrumentation.
- Pulsatile pressure and flow in arteries, wave propagation in arteries, blood rheology, atherosclerosis, Starling's hypothesis of the capillary system, mass transport, flow in collapsible tubes, blood flow in particular organs, Guyton's model.
- Cardiac monitoring and pathologies.
- The ECG: genesis of myocardial field, changes in disease, arrhythmias and conduction defects.
- Pressure and flow monitoring: invasive and non-invasive methods, Swan Ganz catheters, cardiac output methods, oximetry, nuclear methods. Diagnosis by sonic and ultrasonic methods.
- Intensive care instrumentation: Cardiopulmonary bypass, coronary investigations.
Reading materialsMartini, F, Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, 4th edn, Prentice-Hall International, 1998.
Guyton, AC & Hall, Textbook of Medical Physiology, 9th edn, Saunders, 1996.