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Basic Cardiovascular Physiology

From Molecules to Translational Medical Science

August 2020
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    River Publishers
  • Published
    31st August 2020
  • ISBN 9788770222006
  • Language English
  • Pages 300 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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September 2020
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  • Publisher
    River Publishers
  • Published
    25th September 2020
  • ISBN 9788770221993
  • Language English
  • Pages 300 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

This book focuses on established cardiovascular principles and highlights some of the progress achieved by recent research in the cardiovascular field. The authors report the basic concepts related to the functioning of the cardiovascular system necessary for medical students to understand.


To foster learning, in each chapter the fundamental points are highlighted in italics and/or bold. In addition, there are added boxes that contain some more detailed information about physiological mechanisms or deeper analyses of clinical aspects. The book describes the structure and function of the heart and vascular system for the reader to understand how the cardiovascular system responds in both health and disease. Conveying a unified vision of the function of the heart and the vascular system, the authors explain the complexity of the system that goes far beyond the integrated connection between preload, afterload and cardiac contractility.


The endothelium covers the internal part of the whole cardiovascular system; therefore, endothelial physiology is treated in several chapters. Given the importance of coronary circulation in cardiac pathophysiology, this special circulation is described in detail and enriched with the most up-to-date information. Several paragraphs and boxes on clinical implications are dedicated to the principles of electrophysiology and the electrocardiogram. A space is also dedicated to myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury and cardioprotective procedures. The book is written in a linear and simple language without compromising the scientific rigor of the various topics covered.

1: The cardiovascular system
2: The structure of the myocardial fiber
3: The cardiac electrophysiology
4: The functional tissue of the heart
5: The cardiac cycle
6: The cardiac output and the venous return to the heart
7: The regulation of the force of cardiac contraction
8: The arterial pressure
9: Work and heart metabolism
10: The electrocardiogram
11: Vascular hemodynamics
12: Nervous control of the cardiovascular system
13: Humoral control of the cardiovascular system
14: District circulations
15: Pulmonary circulation
16: Coordinated cardiovascular adaptations
17: Myocardial protection against ischemia-reperfusion injury
18: Lymph circulation
19: Functional imaging of the cardiovascular system: how to study human physiology in vivo

Pasquale Pagliaro, MD, PhD

Pasquale Pagliaro, MD, PhD, is Professor of Physiology at the University of Turin, Italy.

Claudia Penna, PhD

Claudia Penna, PhD, is Associate Professor of Physiology at the University of Turin, Italy.

Raffaella Rastaldo, PhD

Raffaella Rastaldo, PhD, is Research Fellow at the Department of Clinical and Biological Sciences of the University of Turin, Italy.

Arrhythmias, Baroreceptors, Biology of Cardiomyocytes, Biology of Endothelial Cells, Biology of Vascular Smooth Muscle, Cardiac Cycle, Cardiac Output, Cardiovascular Pathophysiology, Cardiovascular Receptors, Cardiovascular Response to Stress, Chemoreceptors, Coronary Circulation, Cutaneous Circulation, Electrocardiogram, Flow, Functional Tissues of the Heart, Hemodynamics, Lymph, Pressure, Pulmonary Circulation, Renal Circulation, Resistance to Blood Flow, Solute and Fluid Exchange, Splanchnic Circulation, Stroke Volume, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Systems