Cardiovascular System Basics

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The Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system is composed of the heart, blood and blood vessels. Sounds simple enough. But, in fact, it’s one of the most important systems of the body. In the Cardiovascular System Web Guide, you’ll find useful Web sites regardless of your level of expertise.

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Cardiovascular System Basics

Whether you’re a high school student doing a report for biology class, a parent looking for ways to explain to your child how the heart works, or you just know someone who’s having heart bypass surgery and you’re curious as to what exactly that means, we’ve identified sites that explain the cardiovascular system in terms you can easily understand.

Insights for Cardiovascular System Basics

  • Most sites link technical terms to a glossary. If the site doesn’t, check to see if the site has a separate glossary section. Still no luck? Try going to a medical glossary like the Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center’s Cardiovascular Glossary.
  • Yes, the sites for kids are juvenile in design and in language. But often they include the most salient features about a topic. So if you’re looking to get a quick overview about a specific topic in a short amount of time, swallow your pride and become a “Discovery Kid.”

Top Sites for Cardiovascular System Basics

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The Cardiovascular System for Kids

The heart, blood and blood vessels comprise a complex system that may be difficult to explain to kids. We’ve found Web sites that include very simple—and often fun—information on the cardiovascular system for kids, including related games and activities.

Insights for the Cardiovascular System for Kids

  • A good way to introduce a topic that may initially seem boring to kids is with some fascinating factoids about the cardiovascular system. For example, “Did you know that your heart beats about 30 million times a year?”

Top Sites for the Cardiovascular System for Kids

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Advanced Cardiovascular System Resources

As any doctor knows, the cardiovascular system is a complex system responsible for carrying out a variety of vital functions. If you’re a student or researcher looking for in-depth, technical information about the system, these advanced cardiovascular system resources are sure to help.

Insights for Advanced Cardiovascular System Resources

  • If you’re studying a particular function of the cardiovascular system, the Web site’s date isn’t crucial. But if you’re investigating a specific procedure involving the cardiovascular system, be sure to check the date of the site (usually at the bottom of the page) before proceeding. State-of-the-art technology is progressing at such a rapid pace that information quickly becomes outdated.
  • Looking for a great photo gallery? WebPath’s Cardiovascular Pathology Index displays more than 100 photographs of human and other animal hearts. The collection includes pictures of healthy and diseased hearts as well as hearts that have undergone various medical procedures.

Top Sites for Advanced Cardiovascular System Resources

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