This chapter reviewed the basic architectures and functions of the cardiac conduction system to provide the reader with a working knowledge and vocabulary related to this topic. Although a great deal of literature exists regarding the cardiac conduction system, numerous questions remain relating to the detailed histologic anatomy and cellular physiology of these specialized conduction tissues and also how they become modified in disease states. Future findings associated with the overall function and anatomy of the cardiac conduction system will likely lead to improvements in therapeutic approaches and medical devices.
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This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.