Cardiac System

The Human Pumping Station

Use the picture above to identify key features:

The four chambers, the Superior Vena Cava, Aorta, Pulmonary Arteries, Pulmonary Veins.


The key elements of the circulatory system you must know are:

The difference between veins and arteries, the difference between systolic pressure and diastolic pressure, what is being transported in the blood, features & function of white blood cells and platelets.

Of course, you must also know the journey of the red blood cell. Watch the Youtube video below.


You must know:

  • anatomy (features)
  • physiology (function)
  • relevant cells and transport (red, white, platelets, arteries, veins & oxygen)

Key Question

You must answer the following question with accuracy & detail.

In 200 words, outline the journey of a red blood cell through the circulatory system. Be specific with anatomy and be comprehensive in your response (e.g. include what is being transported)