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What does CO equal (equation)? What is the Fick principle (equation)? What is MAP? What is MAP (equation)? What happens to CO during exercise? What happens to diastole timing with incr. HR?


CO=rate of O2 consumption/ (arterial O2 content-venous O2 content)

MAP=COxTPR=2/3 diastolic pressure + 1/3 systolic

Early in exercise: HR and SV incr., but SV reaches a limit and only HR can increase

With incr. HR, diastole shortens, eventually leading to decr. CO


What is SV (equation)? What causes it to increase? When is it decreased?


Incr. with incr. contractility, incr. preload, decr. afterload

A failing heart has decr. SV (diastolic or systolic dysfunction)


What things incr. contractility? Decr.


Catecholamines: incr. activity of Ca pump in SR
Incr. IC Calcium
Decr. EC Na (Na/Ca pump)
Digitalis: blocks Na/K pump leading to less EC Na


beta 1 blockade (decr. camp)
HF with systolic dysfunction
Non-dihydropyridine Ca channel blockers


What things incr. myocardial oxygen demand? According to laplaces law, what things incrase wall tension/decrease it?

Incr. contractility
Incr. afterload
Incr. heart rate
Incr. diameter (incr. wall tension)

wall tension is incr. by pressure and radius and decr. by wall thickness


How is preload approximated? What does it depend on? What medications decrease it? How is afterload approximated? How does the LV compensate for incr. afterload? Why? What decr. afterload? What decr. afterload and preload?

Ventricular EDV

Venous tone and circ. blood volume

Venodilators decr. preload

approx. by MAP

Incr. in afterload leads to incr. in pressure leads to incr. wall tension. To compensate for this incr. wall tension, the LV incr. wall thickness (hypertension to cardiac hypertrophy)

Vasodilators (hydralazine) decr. afterload

ACEI and ARBs decr. both preload and afterload


What is the ejection fraction (equation)? What does it tell you? What is a normal value? What are the values in diastolic and systolic HF?


Index of ventric. contract=55%=decr. in syst., normal in diastolic


What is the idea behind a starling curve? What increases a starling curve? Decreases?

Force of contraction proportion to end diastolic length of muscle fibers (preload)

Incr. with catecholamines, positive inotropes

Decr. with loss of myocardium, beta blockers, ca channel blockers, dilated cardiomyopathy


How are resistance pressure and flow related? What is Q related to (equation)? What incr./decr. resistance? How is the total resistance of a vessel in series calculated? In parallel? What does viscosity depend on? What else can increase it? Decrease it? What vessels account for most of TPR? What vessels store the most? What does organ removal result in? Which vessels ahve the highest total cross sectional area and lowest flow velocity?

delta P = Q x R

Q=flow velocity (v) x cross sectional area (A)
Capillaries have highest A and lowest v

viscosity and length incr. resistance while incr. radius decreases it.

TR=R1+R2 etc. (series)

1/TR=1/R1 +1/R2 (parallel)

Viscoisty depends on hematocrit

Can be increased in mult. myeloma, etc.
Decr. in anemia.


Explain the cardiac portion of a cardiac and vascular function curve. What increases/decreases it? What are the the increases/decreases like? Dependent/indep. variables? Same questions for a vascular function curve. What does the intersection of curves mean when they're combined? What changes occur in exercise? In HF?

It has an upward slant then plateaus.
Y axis is cardiac output (dependent)
X axis is RA pressure or EDV (independent)

When RA pressure is held constant, an incr. in HR, contractility, or a decr. in afterload will incr. the slope and move the end CO value up. The opposites will decrease it.

It starts plateaued then curves down.
The point where it meets the x axis is the mean systemic pressure.
Y axis is venous return (indep); same x axis (depen)

When blood volume or venous tone increases, the curve shifts to the right, but the slope does not change, which changes the mean systemic pressure.

When SVR decreases, the slope becomes more negative (less flat).

Intersection of curves=operating point of heart (venous return and CO are equal).

In exercise, incr. inotropy and decr. SVR maximize CO (both curves move up so operating point is at a high CO)

In HF, inotropy incr. so fluid is retained which results in incr. preload. The CO point moves down but the venous return curve moves up so the operating point isn't quite so low.


What are the phases of a pressure volume loop? How does incr. preload affect it? Incr. Afterload? Incr. contractility?

Isovolumetric contraction-mitral valve closing to aortic valve opening

Systolic ejection-aortic valve opening and closing

Isovolumetric relaxation-aortic valve closes and mitral valve opens

Rapid filling-soon after MV opens

Reduced filling-just before mitral valve closes.

Incr. preload-incrases stroke volume (EDV), moves right side of curve to right

Incr. afterload-raises the maximum up (incr. aortic pressure), moves ESV to the right (decr. SV)

Incr. contractility-moves ESV to the left (incr. EF and incr. SV)


What signifies S1? Where is it best heard? S2? S3? What is it associated with? When is it normal? S4? What is it associated with? Best heard?

S1-mitral and tricusp closure-At mitral area

S2-aortic and pulmonary valve closure-LUSB

S3-In early diastole, high pressure atrial state (mitral regurg, HF, dilated ventricles, rapid ventricular filling.
Normal in pregnant women and children

S4-In late diastole (atrial kick). Best heard at apex in LLD. High atrial pressure. Ventricular hypertrophy.


Explain the 5 waves of the jugular venous pulse.

a wave-atrial contraction. Absent in a-fib

c wave-RV contraction (tricuspid bulging into atrium)

x descent-atrial relaxation and downward displacement of closed tricup. during ventricular contraction. Absent in tricuspid regurg.

v wave-incr. right atrial pressure due to filling against closed tricusp. valve

y descent-RA emptying into RV.


Waht causes normal splitting? What is it like? What causes wide splitting? What is it like? Fixed splitting? Paradoxical splitting?

Inspiration-drop in intrathoracic pressure leads to incr. venous return leading to delayed closure of pulmonic valve.
It also leads to inccr. pulm. capacity of pulm. circ. which has the same effect.
Therefore, during inspiration, the pulmonic closure is later than the aortic closure leading to a split. During expiration, they occur at the same time.

Seen in conditions that delay RV emptying (pulm. stenosis and RBBB) leading to a delayed sound during insp. and exp. but still more delayed during insp.

Seen in ASD. Left to right shut leads to incr. RA and RV volumes leading to incr. flow through pulmonic vlave so that there is a great and equal delay of the pulmonic closure leading to a split that is the same in both insp. and exp.

Delayed aortic valve closure (aortic stenosis, LBBB). Aortic valve closes much later. Therefore, during insp., when the pulmonic valve is delayed, there is no splitting, but during expiration, there is a split due to the delayed aortic closure.


What murmurs are best heard in the aortic area? Are they systolic, pancystolic, diastolic, or systolic ejection murmurs? LMSB? Pulmonic area? Left infraclavicular region? Tricuspid area? Mitral area?


Systolic: aortic stenosis, flow murmur, aortic valve sclerosis


diastolic: aortic regurgitation, pulmonic regurg
systolic: hypertrophic cardiomyop.

Continuous murmur: PDA

Systolic ejection murmur: pulmonic stenosis, flow murmur (physiologic or due to ASD)

Pansystolic: tricuspid regurg, VSD
Diastolic murmur: tricuspid stenosis, ASD

systolic: mitral regurg
diastolic: mitral stenosis


What effect do inspiration, hand grip, valsalva, standing up, and rapid squatting have on heart sounds and why?

Incr. venous return to right atrium
Incr. intensity of right heart sounds

Incr. afterload
Incr. intensity of MR, AR, VSD murmurs

Decr. preload
Decr. intensity of most murmurs (including AS)
Incr. intensity of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy murmur
MVP: earlier onset of click/murmur

Incr. venous return and incr. preload
Decr. intensity of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy murmur
incr. intensity of AS
MVP: later onset of click/murmur


Describe the aortic stenosis heart sound? Where is it best heard? Where does it radiate? How does it effect pulses? What symptoms does it lead to? What are some causes? Decribe MR/TR. Where is MR loudest/radiate to? Causes? Where is tricusp/radiate to? Causes? Same questions for MVP. Same questions for VSD? Same questions for AR. Same questions for MS

Crescendo decrescendo systolic ejection murmur.
Loudest at heart base; radiates to carotids
Pulses are weak with a delayed peak
Syncope, Angina, and dyspnea
Age related calcification or early onset calcification due to biscupid aortic valve

Holosystolic, high pitched blowing murmur
Mitral: apex and radiates to axilla. Due to IHD (post MI), MVP, LV dilatation, RF
Tricuspid: loudest at tricuspid area and to RSB, RV dilatation, RF

late systolic crescendo murmur with midsystolic click (due to sudden tensing of chordae tendinae). Bst over apex. Loudest just before S2. usually benign but can lead to infective endocarditis. Myxomatous degeneration (Marfan, Ehler Danlos), RF, chordae rupture

Holosystolic, harsh sounding murmur. Tricuspid area

High pitched blowing early diastolic decrescendo murmur. Long diastolic murmur and signs of hyperdynamic pulse when severe. Aortic root dilatation, biscuspid aortic valve, endocarditis, RF.

Follows opening snap. Delayed rumbling late diastolic murmur (decr. interval between S2 and OS correlates with incr. severity). LA>>>LV during diastole. RF. Can lead to LA dilatation

Continuous machine like murmur. Loudest at S2. Congenital rubella or prematurity. left infraclavicular area.


What are the parts of a myocardial action potential? How do they differe from skeletal muscle?

phase 0=rapid uprstroke and depolarization-voltage gates na channels open

phase 1=initial repolarization-na+ channels inactivate. K channels begin to open

phase 2=plateau-Ca channels open balancing out k efflux. Ca entering leads to contraction

phase 3=rapid repolarization=massive k efflux due to opening of voltage gated slow k channels and closure of ca channels

phase 4=resting potential=high K perm. through k channels

Has no plateau
cardiac nodal cells spontaneously depolarize (funny current channels)
Cardiac myocytes are electrically coupled to each other by gap junctions


What are the phases of the pacemaker action potential? Where do they occur? How do ACh and adenosine affect HR and how? What about catecholamines? What about symp stimulation?


phase 0=upstroke-opening of Ca channels. Fast Na channels are permanently inactivated. Slow conduction velocity which prolongs transmission from atria to ventricles

phase 1 and 2=absent

phase 3=inactivation of ca channels and act. of k channels (repolarization)

phase 4=slow spontaneous depolarization as Na conductance incr. (If (funny current)). Leads to automaticity of SA and AV nodes. The slope or phase 4 determines heart rate.

ACH/ADENOSINE: Decr. rate of diastolic depolarization and decr. HR

CATECHOL: Incr. depolarizaiton and HR

SYMPATHETIC: Incr. the chance that If channels are open and thus incr. HR


What is the order of pacemakers and their rate? What is the conduction pathway? What is the pacemaker? Where is the AV node located?

SA>AV>bundle of His/Purkinje/ventricle

Sa node to atria to AV node to common bundle to bundle branches to fascicles to purkinje fibers to ventricles

SA node-pacemaker

AV node-posteroinferior part of interatrial septum


What is the p wave on ECG? PR interval (normal)? QRS complex (normal)? QT interval ? T wave? What might t wave inversion mean? J point? ST segment? U wave causes?

P wave-atrial depolarization

PR interval-time from start of atrial depol to ventricular depol (<120msec)

QT interval-ventricular depol, contraction, repol

T wave-ventricul repol. (inversion could mean recent MI)

J point-junction between QRS complex and ST segment

ST segment-isoelectric, venttricles depol.

U wave-hypokalemia, bradycardia


What is torsades de pointes? What can it progress to? What predisposes to it? Causes? Treatment?

polymorphic vent. tachy characterized by shifting sinusoidal waveforms on ECG.
Can progress


What is congenital long QT syndrome? What does it incr. risk for? What are two genetic sydromes/symptoms? What are five drugs that induce long QT?

Inherited disorder of myocardial repol (ion channel defects)
Incr. risk of torsades de pointes and sudden cardiac death
Drugs, Decr. K+, decr. Mg+
Magnesium sulfate

Romano Ward: Only heart
Jervell and lange-neielsen syndrome: long QT and sensorineural deafness

Drug induced (ABCDE)

AntiBiotics (macrolides)
Anti "C"ychotics (Haldol)
antiDepressants (TCAs)


What is brugada syndrome? epidem? ECG pattern? Increased risk of what? How is it treated?

Asian males
ECG: pseudo RBBB and ST elevations in V1-V3.
Incr. risk of ventr. tachyarrhythmias and SCD
Prevent SCD with inmplantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)


What is wolff-parkinson-white syndrome? pathophys? ECG findings? What might it result in?

Abnormal fast accessory conduction pathway that bypasses AV node leading to early partial ventricular depol leading to delta wave, widened QRS complex and short PR interval.

May result in reentry circuit leading to supraventricular tachycardia


What is the pattern of A-fib? What are its associations? What can it lead to? Treatment?

irregularly irregular. No discrete P waves. Irregularly spaced QRS waves.

Hypertension, CAD, Rheum heart disease, binge drinking, HF, valvular disease, hyperthyroidism

Atrial stasis-->cardioembolic events

Antithrombotic therapy,
rate control (beta blocker, Ca channel blocker, digoxin)
rhythm control (IC or III antiarrhythmics)
cardiversion (pharm or electric)


What is the pattern of atrial flutter? How is it managed? Definitive treatment?

Rapid succession of identical back to back atrial depol waves (Saw tooth appearance)

Management similar to a-fib

catheter ablation


Waht is the pattern of v-fib? Prognosis/treatment?

completely erratic rhythm with no identifiable waves

Fatal w/o immediate CPR and defib


What is 1st degree AV block like? symptoms/risks? Treatment? 2nd degree mobitz type 1 (weckebach)? 2nd degree mobitz type II? 3rd degree?

PR interval is prolonged to >200 msec. Benign and asymp. No treatment?

Progessive lengthening of PR interval until a beat is dropped. Usually asymp. Variable RR interval with a pattern (regularly irregular)

Dropped beats that are not preceded by a change in length of PR interval. May progress to 3rd degree block. Pacemaker

Atria and ventricles beat independently of each other. Both present, but no relation. Atrial rate faster.
Lyme disease.


What releases ANP? Why? Mechanism of action? What are its reults? Same qustions for BNP? What is it used to diagnose? Treat?

atrial myocytes

high blood volume and incr. atrial pressure


vasodilation and decr. na reabssorption at the Renal collecting tubule
Dilates afferent renal arterioles and constricts efferent arterioles leading to diuresis and aldosterone escape

Ventricular myocytes

incr. tension

similar action to ANP but with longer half life

Used to diagnose and treat HF.


What are the two baroreceptors? Location? To where do they transmit and through what nerve? What do they respond to? How would they response to hypotension? Carotid massage? What is the cushing reaction?

Aortic arch via vagus nerve to solitary nucleus of medulla (respond to change in BP)

Carotic Sinus (CNIX) to solitary nucleus of medulla (change in BP)

Hypotension: decr. baroreceptor firing leading to incr. symp. and decr. parasymp. leading to vasoconstriction and incr HR, contract. and BP (severe hemorrhage)

Carotid massage: incr. pressure on carotid sinus leading to decr. symp, incr. parasymp and decrease HR

hypertension, bradycardia, and respiratory depression due to incr. intracranial pressure


What are the peripheral chemoreceptors? What are they stimulated by? What are the central chemoreceptors stimulated by?

carotid and aortic bodies (decr. PO2, incr. PCO2, and decr. pH)

Changes in pH and PCO2 (of brain interstitial fluid which is influenced by arterial CO2) but no PO2.


What are the normal pressures for the IVCs, RA, PA, LA, LV, and Aorta? What is the PCWP? What does it estimate? What happens in mitral stenosis? How is it measured?


PCWP=pulm. capillary wedge pressure (swan ganz catheter).
Estimates left atrial pressure
In MS, its greater LV diastolic pressure