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  1. Introduction to Cardiology EMS Professions Temple College

  2. Introduction to Cardiology • Cardiovascular Disease • EMS System Role • Cardiovascular A&P • Cardiovascular Electrophysiology

  3. Cardiovascular Disease • Single greatest cause of death and disability in the United States • includes heart disease and vascular disease • 2 million people diagnosed with an ACS/yr • 1.5 million will experience an acute MI • Of these, 0.5 million will die • Almost half of these (250,000) will be sudden and within the first hour of onset of symptoms • 500,000 people will suffer a stroke each year in the US • Nearly 1/4 of these will die

  4. Cardiovascular Disease

  5. Cardiovascular Disease • Atherosclerosis • plaque accumulation within the lumen of the artery resulting in • decreased lumen inner diameter • increased vascular resistance • potential for thrombus or embolus formation • associated with • HTN • Stroke • Angina, Heart Attack • Renal Failure

  6. Risk Factors Age Family History Hypertension Hypercholesterolemia Male gender Smoking Diabetes Contributing Risk Factors Diet Obesity Oral contraceptives Sedentary living Personality type Cardiovascular Disease

  7. EMS System Role • The original Paramedic idea was based upon the need for rapid response to, identification of and emergency care for victims of: • Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) • Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)

  8. EMS System Role • The EMT and Paramedic roles in the treatment of sudden cardiac death have been proven to make a difference in survival • Contributions being recognized in acute coronary syndromes • Key is a STRONG chain of survival

  9. EMS System Role • Weak vs. Strong Chain of Survival

  10. Anatomy & Physiology

  11. Anatomy Review Parietal - pericardial sac Pericardial fluid

  12. Anatomy Review

  13. Blood Flow (mitral valve) Chordae tendinae

  14. Cardiac Cycle Diastole Systole

  15. Cardiac Output • Stroke volume x Heart rate • Also dependent upon • Stroke volume • contractility • preload • volume in ventricle at end of diastole • afterload • resistance against which left ventricle must pump • Starling’s law

  16. Vascular System • Aorta • ascending thoracic • descending thoracic • abdominal • Vena cava • superior • inferior

  17. Peripheral Vascular System • Arteries & Veins • 3 layers • tunica media > in arteries • flow through a vessel directly proportional to the fourth power of the radius • atherosclerosis • vascular constriction

  18. Peripheral Vascular System • Venous Return • Skeletal muscle pump • Muscular contraction squeezes adjacent veins causing a milking action • Valves prevent opposite flow • Respiratory Movements • Diaphragm contraction exerts pressure in abdomen and decrease pressure in thoracic cavity • Blood moves to area of lower pressure in thorax

  19. Peripheral Vascular System • Venous Return • Constriction of veins • Sympathetic stimulation causes contraction of the smooth muscle walls of veins • Gravity

  20. Peripheral Vascular System Carotid Subclavian Innominate Axillary Aorta Brachial Radial Iliac Ulnar Femoral Popliteal Dorsal Pedal Posterior Tibial Major Arteries

  21. Peripheral Vascular System Internal Jugular External Jugular Subclavian Superior Vena Cava Axillary Inferior Vena Cava Iliac Femoral Saphenous Major Veins

  22. Peripheral Vascular System • Negative Effects on Venous Return • Increasd intrathoracic pressure • PEEP/CPAP/BiPAP

  23. Peripheral Vascular System • Arterial Resistance (afterload) • BP • cardiac output x systemic vascular resistance • (stroke volume x heart rate) x systemic vascular resistance • Systemic vascular resistance • vasoconstriction • Sympathetic NS effects • Medications (prescription, non-prescription, recreational) • Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone mechanisms • atherosclerosis

  24. Coronary Circulation • Usually thought of as 3 arteries • Left (Main) Coronary Artery • Left circumflex artery • Left anterior descending artery • Right Coronary Artery • Areas affected

  25. Coronary Circulation • Coronary Sinus • short trunk receiving blood from cardiac veins • empties into the right atrium between inferior vena cava and AV orifice • Cardiac veins • feed into the coronary sinus

  26. Electrophysiology

  27. Electrical Conduction System • Sinoatrial Node (Sinus Node or SA Node) • “Normal pacemaker” of the heart • Internodal Atrial Pathways • Atrioventricular Junction (AV junction) • AV node • “Gatekeeper” • slows conduction to the ventricles allowing time for ventricles to fill • Bundle of His

  28. Electrical Conduction System • His-Purkinje System • Bundle Branches • Right bundle branch • Left bundle branch • left anterior fascicle • left posterior fascicle

  29. Electrical Conduction System

  30. Electrical Conduction System • Myocardial Cells • Characteristics • automaticity: cells can depolarize without any impulse from outside source (self-excitation) • excitability: cells can respond to an electrical stimulus • conductivity: cells can propagate the electrical impulse from cell to another • contractility: the specialized ability of the cardiac muscle cells to contract

  31. Electrical Conduction System • Myocardial Cells • Three groups of cardiac muscle • Atrial • Ventricular • Excitatory/Conductive Fibers • Atria contract from superior to inferior • Ventricles contract from inferior to superior • Atria and Ventricles separated • Conduction from atria to ventricles only through AV bundle • “All or None” principle of muscle function

  32. Electrophysiology • Electrolytes • Allow for electrical and mechanical function of heart • Sodium: major extracellular cation, role in depolarization • Potassium: major intracellular cation, role in repolarization • Calcium: intracellular cation, role in depolarization and myocardial contraction • Chloride: extracellular anion • Magnesium: intracellular cation

  33. Electrophysiology • Depolarization • Reversal of charges at the cell membrane (opposite charge from resting state) • Resting Potential • more intracellular negatively charged anions than extracellular • approximately -90 mV in myocardial cell • Action Potential • stimulus to myocardial cell allows sodium to enter cell changing to positive intracellular charge • approximately +20 mV in myocardial cell • slow influx of Calcium follows

  34. Electrophysiology • Depolarization • Complete depolarization normally results in muscle contraction • Threshold • minimal stimulus required to produce excitation of myocardial cells

  35. Electrophysiology • Repolarization • Process of returning to resting potential state • Sodium influx stops and potassium leaves cell • Sodium pumped to outside the cell • Relative refractory period • cell will respond to a second action potential but the action potential must be stronger than usual • Absolute refractory period • cell will not respond to a repeated action potential regardless of how strong it is

  36. Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ K+ K+ K+ K+ K+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Electrophysiology Myocardial cells are POLARIZED. They have more positive charges outside than inside.

  37. Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ K+ K+ K+ K+ K+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Electrophysiology Stimulation of cell opens “fast” channels in cell membrane. Na+ rapidly enters cell. Now there are more positive charges inside than outside. The cell is DEPOLARIZED.

  38. Electrophysiology • Depolarization causes Ca2+ to be released from storage sites in cell. • Ca2+ release causes contraction. Calcium couples the electrical event of depolarization to the mechanical event of contraction

  39. Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ K+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ K+ K+ Na+ Na+ K+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ K+ Na+ Na+ Electrophysiology Cell then REPOLARIZES by pumping out K+ then Na+ to restore normal charge balance.

  40. Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ K+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ K+ K+ Na+ Na+ K+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ K+ Na+ Na+ Electrophysiology Finally, the Na+-K+ pump in the cell membrane restores the proper balance of sodium and potassiuim.

  41. Cardiac Conduction Cycle Phase 0 = rapid Na influx Phase 1 = stop Na influx, K efflux, Cl influx Phase 2 = Ca influx, K influx Phase 3 = stop Ca influx, minimal K efflux, Na efflux Phase 4 = resting membrane potential state Sarcomere: Fast Sodium Channels

  42. Electrophysiology • Pacemaker Sites of the Heart & Intrinsic Firing Rates • Specialized groups of cells called pacemaker sites • SA Node 60 to 100 bpm • AV Junction 40 to 60 bpm • Ventricles 20 to 40 bpm

  43. Electrophysiology Bundle of His SA Node Internodal Pathways Bundle Branches Purkinje Fibers AV Node

  44. Electrophysiology Ca2+ Ca2+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ K+ K+ K+ K+ K+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Ca2+ Ca2+ Specialized cells in conducting system (pacemaker cells) undergo spontaneous diastolic depolarization. During diastole, calcium leaks into cell through calcium channels.

  45. Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ K+ K+ K+ K+ K+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Na+ Electrophysiology When a critical amount of calcium has entered the cell, fast channels open, sodium enters, and rapid DEPOLARIZATION begins.

  46. Electrophysiology • Electrical impulse from depolarizing pacemaker cell spreads to working myocardial cells and stimulates them. Depolarization and contraction result.

  47. Electrophysiology The SA Node is the heart’s primary pacemaker WHY?

  48. Electrophysiology If the SA Node does not fire, what site will take over? What will happen to the heart rate?

  49. Ectopic Impulse Formation Enhanced Automaticity Pacemaker cells lost function of contractility acquired function of impulse formation May lead to ectopic (extra) beats Reentry abnormal wavefront propagation “electrical loop” accessory pathway Electrophysiology

  50. Effects of ANS on Electrophysiology • Medulla • Carotid Sinus and Baroreceptors • Parasympathetic Nervous System • Acetylcholine • Cholinesterase • Sympathetic Nervous System • Alpha • Beta • Inotropic effect • Dromotropic effect • Chronotropic effect