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Cardiovascular Function Lab

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The CFL simulation includes two models

  • the original Isolated Heart Lab (Figure 1), which models an isolated left ventricle
  • a new Closed Circulation Lab

The Closed Circulation Lab models the entire circulatory loop: left ventricle, peripheral circulation, right ventricle, and pulmonary circulation.

Both models include numerous input parameters that can be controlled by the user. Some of these parameters are shown in Figures 1 and 2. By manipulating these physiological variables, students can design experiments to investigate a variety of questions concerning how changes affect the performance of the heart.