Ch 9: The Aging Circulatory and Respiratory Systems

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The Aging Circulatory and Respiratory Systems - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter begins with an introduction to the human circulatory system and how nutrients, oxygen and other vital substances are transported by way of arteries, veins and the heart. Through easy-to-understand graphics and explanations, you'll become familiar with a number of anatomical terms and learn about the specific attributes of a closed circulatory system. You'll also find out how the aging process affects our hearts and blood vessels, including how the heart muscle declines and valves become thicker.

The respiratory system and how we breathe will be covered, with specific attention paid to the conducting and respiratory zones found in the airways. You'll also learn how lung function decreases in late adulthood, which can make it harder for us to breathe or clear our airways. After you've completed the video lessons, you should have an understanding of the following:

  • The parts of the circulatory system and how they work, including pulmonary and systemic arteries and veins
  • Cardiovascular conditions and diseases and their relationship to age
  • The organs and tissues of the respiratory system, including airways, blood vessels and the lungs
  • Age-related respiratory changes and conditions

VideoObjective
The Human Circulatory System: Parts and FunctionsDefine the following terms: blood, blood vessels, closed circulatory system, double circulation, heart, pulmonary circuit and systemic circuit.
How Age Effects Our Cardiovascular SystemDescribe the age-related changes that occur in the cardiovascular system. Include what types of cardiovascular disease are typically associated with aging, as well as the psychological effects of age-related changes in the cardiovascular system.
Types of Heart Conditions and DiseasesIdentify the major types of heart conditions and diseases, including coronary heart disease (CHD), congestive heart failure and heart attacks.
Gross Anatomy of the Airway and Lungs: Conducting and Respiratory ZonesDiscuss the gross anatomy of the airway, including both the conducting and respiratory zones.
How Age Effects Our Respiratory SystemExplain the age-related structural and functional changes that occur in the respiratory system. Identify the most common types of respiratory diseases found in older adults, as well as the psychological effects of age related changes in the respiratory system

5 Lessons in Chapter 9: The Aging Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
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The Human Circulatory System: Parts and Functions

1. The Human Circulatory System: Parts and Functions

In this lesson, you will take a ride on the transportation system of the body called the circulatory system and its two parts: the pulmonary circuit and the systemic circuit. Take a look inside and see how every inch of your body receives the oxygen and nutrients it needs.

Age-Related Changes to the Cardiovascular System: Types & Effects

2. Age-Related Changes to the Cardiovascular System: Types & Effects

The heart is one of those organs that's really difficult to live without since it is responsible for moving blood throughout your body. In this lesson, we'll explore some of the issues that can happen to the heart and the cardiovascular system.

Types of Heart Conditions and Diseases

3. Types of Heart Conditions and Diseases

Your heart muscle receives a rich blood supply from the coronary arteries. If the coronary arteries become blocked, it can result in coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack or congestive heart failure. Learn how these conditions get started.

Gross Anatomy of the Airway and Lungs: Conducting & Respiratory Zones

4. Gross Anatomy of the Airway and Lungs: Conducting & Respiratory Zones

The respiratory system includes the lungs as well as other organs that help to get oxygen into the blood and carbon dioxide out of the blood. The conducting zone of the respiratory system carries oxygen into the lungs and carbon dioxide out of the lungs. The respiratory zone is where oxygen and carbon dioxide move into and out of the blood.

Structural & Functional Changes of the Respiratory System Due to Age

5. Structural & Functional Changes of the Respiratory System Due to Age

In this lesson, we explore the changes due to age in the respiratory system. Furthermore, we will look at infections and subsequent effects due to the infection of the respiratory system.

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