The cardiovascular system
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The cardiovascular system

Alistair Farley Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee
Ella McLafferty Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee
Charles Hendry Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee

This article, which forms part of the life science series, examines the cardiovascular system, focusing on the anatomy and physiology of the heart. The blood flow through the heart is described and the regulatory mechanisms of the heart are identified and discussed. The cardiac conduction system is examined, outlining the normal sequence of events in the cardiac cycle. In addition, a brief overview of some common cardiac disorders is provided.

Nursing Standard. 27, 9, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.10.27.9.35.c9383

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