Ch 7: Understanding Defects & Disorders of the Heart

About This Chapter

You can use this chapter to strengthen your understanding of types, symptoms and treatments of heart defects and disorders. These lessons are effective resources you can use to support health class materials or prepare for the professional exams that are required for certification.

Understanding Defects & Disorders of the Heart - Chapter Summary

This short but extensive chapter covers everything from arrhythmia to valvular dysfunctions. Both congenital and acquired defects and disorders are addressed, with lessons offering key term definitions, examples and illustrations to ensure your full understanding of these topics.

In this chapter, you will find lessons focusing on specific conditions such as septal defects and inflammatory disorders. After you complete your review of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain what arrhythmia is and how it is detected
  • Define dysrhythmia and describe its symptoms
  • Differentiate between congenital and acquired heart defects
  • Name the types of septal defects of the heart
  • Understand the causes and treatment of Tetralogy of Fallot
  • List inflammatory disorders of the heart
  • Describe problems that affect the valves of the heart

Access these video and text lessons 24/7 from any device or choose to print lesson transcripts to produce handy study materials. Lessons take only minutes to review and are presented by expert instructors who guide you easily through each topic. Self-assessment quizzes allows you to determine if you are ready to move on to the next lesson or need to further review any of the material before progressing through the chapter.

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: Understanding Defects & Disorders of the Heart
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Arrhythmia of the Heart: Terms, Definition & ECG Detection

1. Arrhythmia of the Heart: Terms, Definition & ECG Detection

An electrocardiogram, or ECG, can be used to detect irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias. In this lesson, you will learn about arrhythmias detected by ECG, including bradycardia, tachycardia, fibrillation, and heart block.

What Is Dysrhythmia? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

2. What Is Dysrhythmia? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

What is a dysrhythmia vs. an arrhythmia? What are the signs and symptoms of cardiac dysrhythmias? How can we treat the various types? This lesson answers all of these questions.

Congenital vs. Acquired Heart Defects

3. Congenital vs. Acquired Heart Defects

Not all heart disease is the same. Some people are born with defects, while others develop diseases later in life. In this lesson we'll look at both types of heart disease, called congenital and acquired heart diseases.

Septal Defects of the Heart: Definition, Conditions, and Symptoms

4. Septal Defects of the Heart: Definition, Conditions, and Symptoms

We will mainly take a look at something known as an atrial septal defect and a ventricular septal defect, why they may occur, where they occur, and what they result in, in terms of cardiopulmonary physiology.

Tetralogy of Fallot: Definition, Causes and Treatment

5. Tetralogy of Fallot: Definition, Causes and Treatment

This lesson will go over a congenital problem known as Tetralogy of Fallot, the four major components that are involved, and how they act together to cause quite a few problems.

Inflammatory Disorders of the Heart

6. Inflammatory Disorders of the Heart

This lesson will discuss inflammatory disorders of the heart, including pericarditis and endocarditis, as well as what they may cause and what significant things may occur during testing.

Valvular Dysfunctions: Types, Signs & Treatment Options

7. Valvular Dysfunctions: Types, Signs & Treatment Options

This lesson will quickly go over four heart valves, their location, what can go wrong with them, and then two detailed examples of how their dysfunction affects the body.

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