The Cardiovascular System / Edition 2

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The Cardiovascular System at a Glance is a concise and accessible systems-based textbook. Updated throughout, the second edition uses an integrated approach to take the reader through the basic anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, and clinical aspects of the cardiovascular system. Following the classic double-page spread format of the At a Glance series, each double page presents clear, memorable diagrams that illustrate essential information with accompanying text that covers key topics in more detail.

The text progresses from basic science to clinical application: a general introduction to the cardiovascular system is followed by anatomy and histology; blood and body fluids; biochemistry and excitation-contraction coupling; form and function; integration and regulation; and pathology and therapeutics. Four clinical case studies at the end of the book reinforce the integrated systems-based approach to this subject. Additionally, two new chapters covering Revascularisation as well as Emerging Concepts and Treatments have been included.

The second edition of The Cardiovascular System at a Glance is an ideal resource for medical students, whilst students of other health professions and specialist cardiology nurses will also find it invaluable. Examination candidates who need an authoritative yet concise guide to the cardiovascular system will find it extremely useful. This book has been designed to fit into the budget and reading time of busy students, and is recommended as primary or supplementary reading for a lecture-based course, and/or as a book for revision prior to examinations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405113274
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Series: At a Glance Series, #2
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 127
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 10.91 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip I. Aaronson Department of Asthma Allergy and Respiratory Science, King's College London, UK

Jeremy P. T. Ward Department of Asthma Allergy and Respiratory Science, King's College London, UK

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Table of Contents


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1 Overview of the cardiovascular system.

Anatomy and histology.

2 Gross anatomy and histology of the heart.

3 Vascular anatomy.

4 Vascular histology and smooth muscle cell ultrastructure.

Blood and body fluids.

5 Constituents of blood.

6 Erythropoiesis, haemoglobin and anaemia.

7 Haemostasis and thrombosis.

8 Blood groups and transfusions.

Biochemistry and cellular physiology.

9 Membrane potential, ion channels and pumps.

10 Electrophysiology of cardiac muscle and the origin of the heart beat.

11 Excitation-contraction coupling in cardiac muscle cells.

12 Vascular smooth muscle excitation-contraction coupling.

Form and function.

13 Cardiac cycle.

14 Control of cardiac output and Starling's Law of the Heart.

15 Electrical conduction system in the heart.

16 The electrocardiogram.

17 Haemodynamics.

18 Blood pressure and flow in the arteries and arterioles.

19 The microcirculation and the lymphatic system.

20 Fluid filtration in the microcirculation.

21 The venous system.

22 Local control of bloodflow.

23 Regulation of the vasculature by the endothelium.

24 The coronary, skeletal muscle, cutaneous and cerebral circulations.

25 The pulmonary and fetal circulations.

Integration and regulation.

26 Cardiovascular reflexes.

27 Autonomic control of the cardiovascular system.

28 The control of blood volume.

29 Cardiovascular effects of exercise.

30 Shock and haemorrhage.

Pathology and therapeutics.

31 Risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

32 Clinical measurement of cardiac and vascular function.


34 Atherosclerosis.

35 Treatment of hypertension.

36 Mechanisms of primary hypertension.

37 Stable and variant angina.

38 Unstable angina and non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction.

39 Pharmacological management of stable and variant angina.

40 Revascularisation.

41 Pathophysiology of acute myocardial infarction.

42 Clinical aspects of acute myocardial infarction.

43 Anticoagulants and thrombolytics.

44 Chronic heart failure.

45 Treatment of chronic heart failure.

46 Mechanisms of arrhythmia.

47 Pharmacological treatment of arrhythmias.

48 Specific arrhythmias.

49 Diseases of the aortic valve.

50 Diseases of the mitral valve.

51 Congenital heart disease.

52 Emerging trends in cardiovascular medicine.

Case studies: diagnosis, treatments and result.

53 Case study: heart failure.

54 Case study: valvular heart disease.

55 Case study: ischaemic heart disease.

56 Case studies arrhythmias.


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