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The Cardiovascular System at a Glance, 5th Edition





The Cardiovascular System at a Glance, 5th Edition

Philip I. Aaronson, Jeremy P. T. Ward, Michelle J. Connolly

ISBN: 978-1-119-24578-0 March 2020 Wiley-Blackwell 152 Pages

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Everything you need to know about the cardiovascular system... at a Glance!

The Cardiovascular System at a Glance is the essential reference guide to understanding all things circulatory. Concise, accessible, and highly illustrated, this latest edition presents an integrated overview of the subject, from the basics through to application. Featuring brand new content on stroke, examination and imaging, heart block and ECGs, and myopathies and channelopathies, The Cardiovascular System at a Glance goes one step further and offers new and updated clinical case studies and multiple-choice questions on a supplementary website.

  • Integrates basic science and clinical topics
  • Offers bite-size chapters that make topics easy to digest
  • Includes coverage of anatomy and histology, blood and haemostasis, cellular physiology, form and function, regulation and integration of cardiovascular function, history, examination and investigations, pathology and therapeutics
  • Filled with highly visual, color illustrations that enhance the text and help reinforce learning

The fifth edition of The Cardiovascular System at a Glance is an ideal resource for medical students, junior doctors, students of other health professions, and specialist cardiology nurses.

Preface 6

Recommended reading 6

Acknowledgements 7

List of abbreviations 8

About the companion website


1 Overview of the cardiovascular system 10

Anatomy and histology

2 Gross anatomy and histology of the heart 12

3 Vascular anatomy 14

4 Vascular histology and smooth muscle cell ultrastructure 16

Blood and body fluids

5 Constituents of blood 18

6 Erythropoiesis, haemoglobin and anaemia 20

7 Haemostasis 22

8 Thrombosis and anticoagulants 24

9 Blood groups and transfusions 26

Cellular physiology

10 Membrane potential, ion channels and pumps 28

11 Electrophysiology of cardiac muscle and origin of the heart beat 30

12 Cardiac muscle excitation–contraction coupling 32

13 Electrical conduction system in the heart 34

14 The electrocardiogram 36

15 Vascular smooth muscle excitation–contraction coupling 38

Form and function

16 Cardiac cycle 40

17 Control of cardiac output 42

18 Haemodynamics 44

19 Blood pressure and flow in the arteries and arterioles 46

20 The microcirculation and lymphatic system, and diapedesis 48

21 Fluid filtration in the microcirculation 50

22 The venous system 52

23 Local control of blood flow 54

24 Regulation of the vasculature by the endothelium 56

25 The coronary, cutaneous and cerebral circulations 58

26 The pulmonary, skeletal muscle and fetal circulations 60

Integration and regulation

27 Cardiovascular reflexes 62

28 Autonomic control of the cardiovascular system 64

29 The control of blood volume 66

30 Cardiovascular effects of exercise 68

31 Shock and haemorrhage 70

History, examination and investigations

32 History and examination of the cardiovascular system 72

33 Cardiovascular investigations 74

Pathology and therapeutics

34 Risk factors for cardiovascular disease 76

35 β-Blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers and Ca2+ channel blockers 78

36 Hyperlipidaemias 80

37 Atherosclerosis 82

38 Mechanisms of primary hypertension 84

39 Treatment of hypertension 86

40 Stable, microvascular, and vasospastic angina 88

41 Pharmacological management of stable, microvascular and vasospastic angina 90

42 Non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) 92

43 Coronary revascularization 94

44 Pathophysiology of acute myocardial infarction 96

45 ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) 98

46 Heart failure 100

47 Treatment of chronic heart failure 102

48 Mechanisms of tachyarrhythmia 104

49 Atrial fibrillation 106

50 Other supraventricular tachyarrhythmias 108

51 Ventricular tachyarrhythmias and their non-pharmacological treatment 110

52 Pharmacological treatment of tachyarrhythmia 112

53 Conduction system abnormalities and pacing 114

54 Diseases of the aortic valve 116

55 Diseases of the mitral valve 118

56 Congenital heart disease 120

57 Myopathies and Channelopathies 122

58 Pulmonary hypertension 124

59 Stroke 126

Index 128