A sound knowledge of cardiovascular physiology is fundamental to understanding cardiovascular disease, exercise performance and may other aspects of human physiology. Cardiovascular physiology is a major component of all undergraduate courses in physiology, biomedical science and medicine, and this popular introduction to the subject is intended primarily for these students. A key feature of this sixth edition is how state-of-the-art technology is applied to understanding cardiovascular function in health and disease. Thus the text is also well suited to graduate study programmes in medicine and physiological sciences.
Table of Contents
Overview of the Cardiovascular System. The Cardiac Cycle. The Cardiac Myocyte: Excitation and Contraction. Initiation and Nervous Control of Heartbeat. Electrocardiography and Arrhythmias. Control of Stroke Volume and Cardiac Output. Assessment of Cardiac Output and Peripheral Pulse. Hemodynamics: Flow, Pressure and Resistance. The Endothelial Cell. The Microcirculation and Solute Exchange. Circulation of Fluid Between Plasma, Interstitium and Lymph. Vascular Smooth Muscle: Excitation, Contraction and Relaxation. Control of Blood Vessels I. Intrinsic Control. Control of Blood Vessels II. Extrinsic Control By Nerves and Hormones. Specialization in Individual Circulations. Cardiovascular Receptors, Reflexes and Central Control. Coordinated Cardiovascular Responses. Cardiovascular Responses in Pathological Situations. Future Therapies.
Neil Herring completed his PhD and medical degree both from the University of Oxford. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and Tutor and Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. He has published over 60 peer reviewed original research articles and reviews, and is co-author of the textbooks "Basic Science for Core Medical Training" (highly commended at the BMA Book Awards 2016) and "Levick's Introduction to Cardiovascular Physiology".
David J. Paterson is Professor of Physiology and Head of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He graduated from the Universities of Otago (NZ), Western Australia and Oxford, gaining his D.Phil from Oxford and D.Sc from the University of Western Australia. He is a group leader in the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at Oxford, and is Honorary Director of the Burdon Sanderson Cardiac Science Centre in his Department. As a cardiac neurobiologist, his research focuses on the neural control of the cardiovascular system in normal and diseased states. In 2014 he was made an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2018 was awarded the Carl Ludwig Distinguished Lectureship from the American Physiological Society. He was recently Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Physiology, and is a Fellow of The Physiological Society, Royal Society of Medicine, and Royal Society of Biology.