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The Structure of The Heart. The Heart Muscular pump, about the size of a clenched fist – Made up of a special muscle called Myocardium This can contract.

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1 The Structure of The Heart

2 The Heart Muscular pump, about the size of a clenched fist – Made up of a special muscle called Myocardium This can contract continuously without getting tired Main purpose is to drive blood through the arteries – This delivers blood to the working muscles and other tissues.

3 Task…

4 The Heart continued The Heart sits in a twin layered sac known as the Pericardium – Filled with pericardial fluid Prevents friction as your heart beats.

5 The Heart continued

6 Atria Upper chambers of the heart Receive blood. Right Atrium – receives deoxygenated blood from the body (Via the Vena Cava) Left Atrium – receives oxygenated blood from the lungs (Via the pulmonary Vein) Ventricles – Lower chambers of the heart – They have thicker walls and are stronger – Job is to pump the blood – Right Ventricle pumps blood to the lungs (pulmonary circulation) – Left ventricle pumps blood to the body (systemic circulation)

7 Valves Tricuspid Valve Bicuspid Valve – Also known as the mitral valve Aortic Valve Pulmonary Valve – All valves make sure that the blood flows in one direction, and there is no back flow Chordae Tendineae – Cord like tendons that connect to the tricuspid and bicuspid valves Ensure the valves stay the right way round and keep the blood flowing in the same direction.

8 Aorta and Vena Cava The largest Artery is the Aorta – Carries oxygenated blood directly out of the heart to the body tissues The largest vein is the Vena Cava – Carries blood directly into the heart from the body – Superior vena cava – brings blood from the upper body – Inferior Vena Cava – Brings blood from the lower body.

9 Pulmonary Circulation Pulmonary Artery – Carries deoxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs. It is the only artery that carries deoxygenated blood Pulmonary Vein – Carries oxygenated blood from the lungs to the heart It is the only vein that carries oxygenated blood.

10 The Heart = Double pump To describe the flow of blood around the heart and the body, you will need to mention that the heart is made up of two pumps – Pulmonary circulation Pumps blood to and from the lungs – Systemic circulation Pumps blood around the body

11 Passage of blood flow Blood flows into and out of the heart and around the body in one direction. The heart is split into two distinct pumps by the Septum. This makes sure that the oxygenated and deoxygenated blood don’t mix. When describing the passage of blood flow around the heart, it is best to use a diagram and start on the right side of the heart.

12 The right ventricle contracts and the blood is pushed out of the heart through the semi lunar or pulmonary valve and into the pulmonary artery The pulmonary artery carries the blood to the lungs The heart relaxes and the valves close to stop back flow of the blood In the lungs, the blood becomes oxygenated, and begins it’s journey back to the heart. Blood enters the heart (when it is relaxed) via the vena cavae, It goes into the right atrium The right atrium contracts and the blood goes through the tricuspid valve and into the right ventricle

13 The heart is relaxed, and this allows blood to enter the left side of the heart from the pulmonary vein It enters the left atrium The left atrium contracts and pushes blood through the bicuspid valve and into the left ventricle The left ventricle has a very strong muscular wall and contracts very strongly. This closes the bicuspid valve to prevent backflow, and pushes the blood through the aortic valve and into the aorta. This is the largest artery and splits taking the blood to different areas of the body The heart contracts and the aortic valve closes, preventing back flow of the blood.

14 Terminology Heart rate (H.R.) – The amount of times the heart beats in a minute. Usually measured in beats per minute (b.p.m.) Stroke Volume (S.V.) – The amount of blood leaving the left ventricle in one beat. Normally measure in mililitres Cardiac Output – The amount of blood leaving the heart in one minute Normally measured in litres/minute Cardiac Output = Stroke Volume x Heart Rate

15 Task… Finish off annotating and labelling the various parts of the heart:


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