System: Cardiovascular

Small Cardiac Vein

Small Cardiac Vein The structure indicated is the small cardiac vein. The coronary sinus lies posteriorly on the heart in the coronary sulcus and receives four cardiac veins: Great cardiac vein Middle cardiac vein Small cardiac vein Posterior cardiac veins The coronary sinus returns deoxygenated blood to the right atrium of the heart, together with the superior and inferior vena cavae. The small cardiac vein lies in the coronary sulcus between the right atrium and the right ventricle. Learn more about the blood supply to the heart in this tutorial.

Descending Aorta

Descending Aorta The structure indicated is the descending aorta. The aorta consist of the ascending aorta, the aortic arch, and the descending aorta. The descending aorta is the largest artery in the human body and consists of a thoracic part and an abdominal part. The descending aorta passes through the aortic hiatus of the diaphragm together with the azygos vein and thoracic duct to enter the abdominal cavity where it is then referred to as the abdominal aorta. The abdominal aorta terminates by dividing at the aortic bifurcation into the common iliac arteries at the level of the fourth lumbar …

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Basilar Artery

Basilar Artery The structure indicated is the basilar artery. The basilar artery is formed from the union of the two vertebral arteries on either side. The vertebral arteries arise from the first part of the subclavian artery. Two other arteries are given off from the first part of the subclavian artery – the internal thoracic artery and the thyrocervical trunk. The vertebral and internal carotid arteries provide the arterial supply to the brain, forming the Circle of Willis at the base of the brain. After the vertebral artery is given off from the subclavian artery, it passes through the transverse …

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Left Bundle Branch

Left Bundle Branch The structure indicated is the left bundle branch of the cardiac conducting system. The conduction system of the heart is responsible for the synchronised contraction of the atria and ventricles and is comprised of the following main structures: Sinoatrial node Atrioventricular node Atrioventricular bundle of His Right and left bundle branches Purkinje fibres The electrical activity of the heart begins in the sinoatrial node and travels to the atrioventricular node. From the atrioventricular node the impulses pass down the Bundle of His, whereupon the conducting fibres divide into the right and left bundle branches. The right bundle …

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Median Cubital Vein

Median Cubital Vein The structure indicated is the median cubital vein. The median cubital vein is a superficial vein located in the cubital fossa anteriorly in the elbow, and connects the basilic and cephalic veins. The basilic and cephalic veins are two large superficial veins of the upper limb which arise from the dorsal venous network of the hand. The basilic vein arises medially from the dorsal venous network of the hand, whereas the cephalic vein arises laterally from the dorsal venous network. These two veins drain to the axillary vein. The deep venous system of the upper limb follows …

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Left Gastric Artery

Left Gastric Artery The structure indicated is the left gastric artery. The left gastric artery is one of three branches of the celiac trunk. The celiac trunk is the first anterior branch that arises from the abdominal aorta. The abdominal aorta consists of anterior, posterior, and lateral branches. There are three anterior branches which supply the foregut, midgut and hindgut structures these are as follows: Celiac trunk – supplies foregut Superior mesenteric artery – supplies midgut Inferior mesenteric artery – supplies hindgut The celiac trunk arises from the abdominal aorta at the level of the upper part of the first …

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Facial Artery

Facial Artery The structure indicated is the facial artery. The facial artery is a branch of the external carotid artery. The external carotid artery gives rise to 8 branches: Superior thyroid artery Ascending pharyngeal artery Lingual artery Facial artery Occipital artery Posterior auricular artery Maxillary artery Superficial temporal artery The maxillary artery and the superficial temporal artery are terminal branches of the external carotid artery, with the latter being the smaller of the two branches. The facial artery provides the major arterial supply to the face, terminating as the angular artery medially at the corner of the eye. It consists …

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Pulmonary Trunk

Pulmonary Trunk The structure indicated is the pulmonary trunk. The pulmonary trunk is one of the great vessels – a term which refers to the major arteries and veins which bring blood to and from the heart. These include: Superior and inferior vena cavae Pulmonary arteries Pulmonary veins Aorta The pulmonary trunk carries deoxygenated blood from the right ventricle of the heart to the lungs for oxygenation, via the right and left pulmonary arteries. This is the only artery in the adult human body that carries deoxygenated blood. In fetal life, the umbilical arteries also carry deoxygenated blood – this …

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Left Gonadal Vein

Left Gonadal Vein The structure indicated is the left gonadal vein. The gonadal veins are the veins which drain the testes in men (testicular vein) and the ovaries (ovarian vein) in women.  The left gonadal vein drains into the left renal vein, which then drains into the inferior vena cava. The right gonadal vein however, drains directly into the inferior vena cava. The inferior vena cava is responsible for carrying deoxygenated blood into the right atrium of the heart from the lower part of the body. The inferior vena cava is formed at the point of union of the right …

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