This is the most comprehensive course for cardiac anatomy & physiology. Graduate and undergraduate students in the health-care or life sciences fields will encounter a thorough overview of the anatomical features of the heart and the physiological mechanisms underlying a normal cardiac cycle. These mechanisms are covered in depth. Students will get an exhaustive tour of the heart: 1.) external and internal anatomy of heart, 2.) coronary arteries and veins, 3.) cardiac conduction system, 4.) autonomic innervation of the heart and its role in regulating blood pressure, 5.) the heart as a gland or an endocrine organ and the hormones cardiac cells release, 6.) basic mechanisms of cardiac electrophysiology beginning with the cellular biophysics of ion channels all the way to action potentials in pacemaker and muscle cells of the heart, 7.) autonomic regulation of chronotropy, inotropy, dromotropy, and contractility, 8.) basics of the ECG, including vector orientation and the mean electrical axis, 9.) and the effect of preload, afterload, and contractility on the force-length, force-velocity, and pressure-volume relationships in the heart. By the end of this course, students will develop a solid foundation in basic cardiology, enabling them to apply what they've learned to more advanced applications.
Ms. Maria Gropa is currently Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Greece. Prior to this she was a UNESCO Fellow with the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, where she conducted post‐doctoral research on the development of European Union cooperation and intercultural dialogue. Her previous professional experience includes Special Advisor to the Mayor of Athens and Andersen Consulting (renamed as Accenture) in London, UK. Dr. Gropa also worked as part of the project implementation of a European Union co‐funded development project in Havana, Cuba from 2000 to 2001. Her forthcoming publications include: “Landscape, Revolution and Property Regimes in Rural Havana” and “Mnemonic Landscape and the “Re‐Patriotisation” of Revolutionary Ideology in Present‐Day Havana.” She completed her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University in 2004.