Applied Anatomy of the Heart and Great Vessels

R. Scott Wright

Edited by Joseph G. Murphy

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Applied Anatomy of the Heart and Great Vessels

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An understanding of the anatomy of the heart and great vessels is vital to the practice of cardiology. This chapter covers the following components of cardiac anatomy: mediastinum, pericardium, the great vessels (aorta, pulmonary artery, superior and inferior venae cavae), cardiac chambers (atria, ventricles), valves, leaflets, coronary circulation, and the cardiac conduction system. Enlargement of a cardiac chamber or great vessel may displace or compress an adjacent noncardiac structure. Congenital heart diseases related to anatomy are also reviewed.

Chapter.  12467 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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