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Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Imaging

By Dr. Judy Finney - Dec 04, 2020

I was recently asked why she went into cardiology and she replied:

"I had an influential teacher who made it very fun, fascinating, and interesting. Although I liked various parts of medicine, I was very drawn after the influence of that person.

It never really let me down and was always fun and fascinating. 

It was also quite logical. Many parts of cardiology interact together and so even if you don't absolutely remember everything, you can many times puzzle out what you can expect to be the answer. This was very satisfying to me. 

But, also it became radically different right when I entered cardiology. Angioplasty really got going and so it was very intervention heavy; you had to have a very surgical mentality. To my shock I found I could in fact be like that as well.

I really enjoyed making the diagnosis. But, I also enjoyed being able to provide a solution and make people feel better. The other thing about cardiology, which you'll find out, is that there are many parts of cardiology that are quite visual. There are also many procedures which are also visually oriented and help us really understand what is going on."

We'll start off this lecture talking about symptoms. 

Sooner or later as we learn the physiology and anatomy, we'll circle back to actual patient problems, and how they present as a disease.

One of the things I learned in this field is that it's easy to be fooled in cardiology in two ways:

  • There's a plethora of symptoms; not just chest pain!
  • Although it's important you learn some of the classic presentations of each disease process, you'll soon learn that in clinical practice, patients present with a spectrum of presentations. In fact, very few are actual "classic" presentations.

So, let's dive right in and talk cardiology anatomy, physiology, and imaging. 

This is a small 2 hour snippet taken from the cardiology section in our anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology program.