Major Disorders of the Circulatory System


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What is the main function of the circulatory system?

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1. When patients have high blood pressure, the blood takes more work to pump through the blood vessels. This puts excessive stress on the heart because it has to work harder than normal to pump blood. Eventually, the heart wears out and doesn't work efficiently. This is called heart failure. Which of the following could be symptoms of heart failure?

2. Sudden dizziness, drooping of the face, and confusion are all symptoms of what circulatory system disorder?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Heart attack, hypertension, hypotension, and cardiac arrest are all examples of things that can go wrong in the human circulatory system. This worksheet/quiz combination focuses on the functions of the blood transport system, symptoms of some major disorders, and how to differentiate between cardiac arrest and a myocardial infarction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer quiz questions on:

  • The primary function of the circulatory system
  • What kinds of symptoms indicate heart failure
  • Which disorder is indicated by dizziness, drooping of part of the face, and confusion

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of human anatomy to correctly select a circulatory disorder from a given list
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about what to look for in a patient who has heart failure
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the difference between a myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac arrest

Additional Learning

To study this topic in greater depth, access Major Disorders of the Circulatory System. The lesson covers these objectives:

  • Discuss what people can do to prevent circulatory disorders
  • Explain what a defibrillator does
  • Describe a coronary artery bypass procedure