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Shape and size of the heart

The shape of the heart is similar to a pinecone, rather broad at the superior surface and tapering to the apex (see [link] ). A typical heart is approximately the size of your fist: 12 cm (5 in) in length, 8 cm (3.5 in) wide, and 6 cm (2.5 in) in thickness. Given the size difference between most members of the sexes, the weight of a female heart is approximately 250–300 grams (9 to 11 ounces), and the weight of a male heart is approximately 300–350 grams (11 to 12 ounces). The heart of a well-trained athlete, especially one specializing in aerobic sports, can be considerably larger than this. Cardiac muscle responds to exercise in a manner similar to that of skeletal muscle. That is, exercise results in the addition of protein myofilaments that increase the size of the individual cells without increasing their numbers, a concept called hypertrophy. Hearts of athletes can pump blood more effectively at lower rates than those of nonathletes. Enlarged hearts are not always a result of exercise; they can result from pathologies, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy    . The cause of an abnormally enlarged heart muscle is unknown, but the condition is often undiagnosed and can cause sudden death in apparently otherwise healthy young people.

Chambers and circulation through the heart

The human heart consists of four chambers: The left side and the right side each have one atrium    and one ventricle    . Each of the upper chambers, the right atrium (plural = atria) and the left atrium, acts as a receiving chamber and contracts to push blood into the lower chambers, the right ventricle and the left ventricle. The ventricles serve as the primary pumping chambers of the heart, propelling blood to the lungs or to the rest of the body.

There are two distinct but linked circuits in the human circulation called the pulmonary and systemic circuits. Although both circuits transport blood and everything it carries, we can initially view the circuits from the point of view of gases. The pulmonary circuit    transports blood to and from the lungs, where it picks up oxygen and delivers carbon dioxide for exhalation. The systemic circuit    transports oxygenated blood to virtually all of the tissues of the body and returns relatively deoxygenated blood and carbon dioxide to the heart to be sent back to the pulmonary circulation.

The right ventricle pumps deoxygenated blood into the pulmonary trunk    , which leads toward the lungs and bifurcates into the left and right pulmonary arteries    . These vessels in turn branch many times before reaching the pulmonary capillaries    , where gas exchange occurs: Carbon dioxide exits the blood and oxygen enters. The pulmonary trunk arteries and their branches are the only arteries in the post-natal body that carry relatively deoxygenated blood. Highly oxygenated blood returning from the pulmonary capillaries in the lungs passes through a series of vessels that join together to form the pulmonary veins    —the only post-natal veins in the body that carry highly oxygenated blood. The pulmonary veins conduct blood into the left atrium, which pumps the blood into the left ventricle, which in turn pumps oxygenated blood into the aorta and on to the many branches of the systemic circuit. Eventually, these vessels will lead to the systemic capillaries, where exchange with the tissue fluid and cells of the body occurs. In this case, oxygen and nutrients exit the systemic capillaries to be used by the cells in their metabolic processes, and carbon dioxide and waste products will enter the blood.

Questions & Answers

what organelles controls protein synthesis?
Katie Reply
Ribosome
AMEL
hmm...the ribosomes?
Fatukasi
ribosome
adam
Ribosome
Opara
Ribosome
Saifkhan
ribosome
DR
ribosome
ELIZABETH
are ribisomes made in the rRNA?
Lola
nop they are produced by cells of Nucleolus
adam
Is there anything about nerve and muscle physiology?
AMEL Reply
how many types of epithelial tissues do we have
Benedicta Reply
Epithelial tissues are grouped in two ways.. ●Based on the number of layers.(Simple and stratified ) ●Based of their shapes(Squamous,Cuboidal and columnar) Also we can have a combination of the two,say,simple Squamous
Prince
awww thanks dearie😊😊😊💖
Benedicta
describe the function and structure of blood
Belindah Reply
It has four main components: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Blood has many different functions, including: transporting oxygen and nutrients to the lungs and tissues.
Arlena
well answered arlena.. #thumbs up#
Fatukasi
have u some prepared MCQs on CNS and Special senses physiology?
dr
Anyone got the human heart labelled diagram
Sawmtei
you can download from Google... I don't think it's possible to share docs or files here
Fatukasi
ok thanks
Sawmtei
you're welcome..
Fatukasi
thanks
dr
Thank you
Drs
what's an easy way of knowing the different structures of tissues what they do and where their found
Lola
are you know function of the blood?
Drs
to carry nutrients to parts of the body
Lola
well Lola the easiest way is to attributes the tissues based on their funcs(especially those with similar funcs)..you can create your own mnemonics that will help you rmba em..and the a random reading.. it helps you retain em better
Fatukasi
and try random reading*
Fatukasi
ok thanks
Lola
funtction of WBCs
DR
bone tissue
Waqar
identy the vein and arteries of coronary circulation
abdifatah Reply
to be a nurse a doctor or just to understand the body
Drew Reply
what is the basic part of life
Drew
cell remains the basic unit of life...
Fatukasi
The coronary arteries branches off of what
Ada Reply
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Asad
rephrase your question
Fatukasi
Discuss Active Myosin contraction theory
Xavier Reply
What is dissected?
Jc Reply
It is a minute and detailed analysis.."dissection"rather..
Kabwe
what is the net charge on both atoms of hydrogen and helium?
Brianna Reply
hii
Shubham
hii
Maddy
Muche kuch bhi samaz me nhi aa rha he
Shubham
kya samaj nahii Aa raha hai
Maddy
What is homeostasis?
Xavier Reply
it is tha condition of equilibrium in body is internal invorment
Ravi
it is a dynamic condition
Ravi
it is the tendency towards a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements.
Kyekyelle
what is connective tissue
sourav Reply
it is tissue that connects, binds, supports and separates
Brenda
Just as it name it Connects and helps to attach parts
Xavier
tissue in a connects to tha bones
naime
who many days does the sperm stays before fertilizing
Ferlin Reply
72hours
Opara
you mean the durability of sperm In the oviduct?
Fatukasi
What is the meddle cranial fossa?
Margret Reply
What is the meddle cranial fossa.
Margret Reply

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