The Contraction Sequence of the Heart

The Contraction Sequence of the Heart

Welcome back, friend! Last month we talked about the movement of blood through the heart. If you missed that post, you can find it here. So now, let’s add another layer: the hearts pattern of contraction. The Contraction Sequence of the Heart The pumping action...
Blood Flow Through the Heart

Blood Flow Through the Heart

I don’t know about you, but when I started nursing school, I couldn’t remember as much from anatomy and physiology as I should have (and was expected from me). Up-regulation of receptors? Oh right…that’s actually a thing. Langerhan’s...
How to Identify Heart Sounds

How to Identify Heart Sounds

Hey there, friend! Today we are talking about a *little* subject called heart sounds. Even though they’re little and hard to hear sometimes, they’re kind of a big deal. Knowing the normal rhythm of the heart as well as the most common abnormal heart sounds...
Left Sided Heart Failure

Left Sided Heart Failure

Imagine you’re at clinical and your patient comes into the hospital with no energy and is having trouble breathing. You might initially think, “QUICK! Somebody get this guy an inhaler!!” Because we always freak out about everything as students, right?...