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Physiology of the Heart


An interactive tutorial to teach the basic physiology of the heart.

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    The price covers all students within a department (multi-user educational licence). Once payment has been received the software is supplied as a download. Online Previews before purchasing are available on request.

    The highly interactive program is designed to teach the basic physiology of the heart and is designed to complement and accompany a similar program (The Circulation.) covering the physiology of the circulatory vessels. It is divided into several sections accessed from a menu:

    Introduction: structure and function of the cardiovascular system;

    The Heart:

    • gross structure - chambers and major blood vessels, the wall of the heart and the pericardium;
    • heart valves - structure and function of atrioventricular and semi-lunar valves;
    • histology - cardiac muscle and pacemaker cells;
    • excitation - spread of depolarization and the ECG;
    • heart sounds
    • the cardiac cycle - pressure and volume changes;
    • cardiac output - control by autonomic nerves, hormones and autoregulation.

    High quality colour graphics are used extensively throughout the program and features such as animation and a Hypertext facility are used to enhance student learning. The program is highly interactive and uses several features to promote this. For example students are required to:

    a) label diagrams by "dragging" labels from a list and "dropping" them into the box corresponding to the correct position on the diagram;

    b) interpret recordings of pacemaker cell action potentials to better understand the effect of autonomic nerves on heart rate.

    In addition they must answer a variety of questions included in each section. These may be multiple choice, selecting correct phrases from a list to complete a statement, and true/false questions with feedback.

    Recommended System Requirements:
    Microsoft Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8, 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks, 128MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory, Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 or later, or Opera 11.