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Where is the superior mediastinum located?

between the superior thoracic aperture and the horizontal transverse thoracic plane

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The SVC, brachiocephalic veins, arch of aorta, thoracic duct, trachea, esophagus, thymus, vagus nerves, left recurrent laryngeal nerve, and phrenic nerve are contained where?

superior mediastinum

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Where is the inferior mediastinum?

between the transverse thoracic plane and the diaphragm

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What is contained in the anterior mediastinum?

remnants of the thymus, lymph nodes, fat, and connective tissue

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What is contained in the middle mediastinum?

heart, roots of the great vessels, arch of azygos vein, and main bronchi

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What is contained in the posterior mediastinum?

esophagus, thoracic aorta, azygos vein, thoracic duct, vagus and splanchic nerves

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Where is the anterior mediastinum?

between the body of the sternum and the transversus thoracis anteriorly and the pericardium posteriorly

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What is the function of the pericardium?

encloses the heart and the roots of the great vessels

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Where is the pericardial sac?

posterior to the body of the sternum and the 2nd to 6th costal cartilages at the level of T5-T8 vertebrae

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What is the function of the fibrous pericardium?

protects the heart against sudden overfilling

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What is the pericardial cavity?

space between the parietal and visceral layers of serous pericardium

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The arterial supply of the pericardium is mainly from where?

pericardiacophrenic

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The nerve supply of the pericardium is from where?

phrenic nerves (C3-C5), vagus nerves (CN X), and sympathetic trunks

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Where is the apex of the heart located?

posterior to the left 5th intercostal space

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What are the four surfaces of the heart?

anterior (sternocostal), diaphragmatic (inferior), left and right pulmonary surfaces

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What are the four borders of the heart?

right (slightly convex), inferior (horizontal), left (oblique), and superior border

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From where does the right atrium receive blood?

SVC, IVC, and coronary sinus

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Where is the right auricle?

projects from the right atrium, overlapping the ascending aorta

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Where is the opening of the coronary sinus?

between the right AV orifice and the IVC orifice in the posterior right atrium

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The _____, separates the atria and has and oval depression, the _______.

interatrial septum; oval fossa

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The right atrium has a rough, muscular wall composed of _______.

pectinate muscles

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Where is the opening of the SVC?

superior right atrium, at level of right 3rd costal cartilage

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Where is the opening of the IVC?

inferior right atrium, almost in line with SVC at level of 5th costal cartilage

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What are the irregular muscular elevations in the right ventricle?

trabeculae carneae

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What is the tricuspid valve?

guards the right AV orifice

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What is the function of the chordae tendineae?

prevent separation of the valve cusps and their inversion during ventricular systole (prevents from being driven into right atrium)

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What is the function of the papillary muscles?

begin to contract before contraction of the right ventricle, tightening the tendinous cords and drawing the cusps together

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What is the interventricular septum?

strong, obliquely placed partition between the right and left ventricles

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Where is the pulmonary valve?

at the apex of the conus arteriosus at the level of the left 3rd costal cartilage

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What is the left auricle?

forms the superior part of the left border of the heart and overlaps the pulmonary trunk