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Cardiac Cycle Overview

Cardiac Cycle Overview

Author: Aaron Mullally
Description:

This lesson will explain the steps that occur when your heart muscle contracts. It will investigate the cardiac cycle and the cardiac conduction system.

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Terms to Know
Cardiac Cycle

All of the events that occur during one heart beat that drive blood flow into and out of the heart; a series of well-timed pressure and volume changes within the chambers of the heart that drive blood flow throughout its chambers.

Diastole

A term used to describe a decrease in pressure and work; measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg).

Systole

A term used to describe an increase in pressure and work; measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg).