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Introduction to Cardiac Mechanics, I: The Heart in the Circulation

Charles S. Peskin, Courant Institute, NYU

These three lectures (11:00 Monday, 9:30 and 2:00 Tuesday) will introduce the mechanics of the heart beginning with its role in the circulation and then concentrating on the heart itself.

Simple models will be used to explain how left and right sides of the heart are kept in balance, and how the cardiac output and its distribution are continually adjusted to the needs of the tissues. The fetal circulation and the changes in the circulation that happen at birth will also be discussed.

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