Physiology of the Cardiovascular System Day Workshop
The cardiovascular system includes the heart, vessels and blood. It is responsible for the removal of wastes and the delivery of gases, nutrients, water, hormones, immune factors, immune cells and antibodies to all cells of the human body. The heart is the pump that pushes the blood through two circulatory systems, the pulmonary and systemic circulations. The vessels act like roads through which blood can travel to all parts of the human body. In this day workshop, we will learn about the physiological mechanisms underpinning the normal functioning of the cardiovascular system.
8:30am - Registration and Networking (Refreshments)
9:00 - 9:45am Overview of the cardiovascular system and its functions
In this session, we will learn the basic terminology, the anatomy and the role of the cardiovascular system.
10:00am - 10:45am Electrical events of the heart and their regulation
We will learn about the various types of cardiac myocytes in the heart and how these contribute to the spread of the electrical signal and the rhythmic contraction of the heart. We will also look at how these electrical events are regulated by the autonomic nervous system.
11:00 - 11:45am Mechanical events of the heart
This session will align the electrical events of the heart to their corresponding mechanical events and demonstrate how changes in these electrical and mechanical events affect cardiovascular parameters such as heart rate and blood pressure.
12:00 - 1pm Networking and luncheon.
1:00 to 1:45pm –The electrocardiogram (ECG) and heart sounds
An introduction to the electrocardiogram will be covered in this session. We will identify the various waves found within the ECG and how this relate to the mechanical and electrical events of the heart.
2:00 -2:45pm The effect of posture change on cardiovascular parameters
We will get an understanding of the physiological changes that occur when an individual changes posture from lying to standing immediately and how the body responds to return the body to homeostasis.
3:00 - 3:45pm Practice exam
In this session, we will be following exam conditions while performing a sample exam. The exam will contain practice short answer questions and multiple-choice questions. Your exam will be marked and returned to you with some feedback.
4:00 – 4:30pm Networking (Refreshments and light fare)