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  1. Does anyone know any acronyms or cute sayings that can help someone remember the order in which blood flows through the heart and lungs?

    1)Right Atrium
    2)Vena Cava
    3)Right Ventricle
    4)Pulmonary Artery
    5)Pulmonary Vein
    6)Left Atrium
    7)Left Ventricle
    8)Aorta
    9)Capillary Beds in Lungs
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   kfry
    Quote from kate930
    Does anyone know any acronyms or cute sayings that can help someone remember the order in which blood flows through the heart and lungs?

    1)Right Atrium
    2)Vena Cava
    3)Right Ventricle
    4)Pulmonary Artery
    5)Pulmonary Vein
    6)Left Atrium
    7)Left Ventricle
    8)Aorta
    9)Capillary Beds in Lungs
    Well, you first need to get the order right:
    It's vena cava to the Right Atrium, not the other way around. And capillary beds in the lungs come between Pulmonary artery and pulmonary vein.
    Sorry, I don't have any acronyms... if you look at it enough, you'll eventually remember it. Good luck!
  4. by   mollyjeanrn
    The way I learned this was really just memorization but it helped to remember that all the oxygen poor blood from the body entered the heart on the right side...left side is systemic...dealing with oxygen rich blood. I guess what I am trying to say is that when blood enters the right artium then goes through the tricuapid valve it then must travel to the right ventricle. Keep your lefts and rights in order and together. I hope this helped you!
  5. by   mavnurse
    I don't think there IS a good way to remember this. The only thing that I know is that is drove me nuts when I was in A&P. I agree with everyone else - just read it over and over, and draw and label diagrams and eventually it'll sink in.
  6. by   kate930
    Thanks for the tips!

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  7. by   marilynmom
    I don't think you should try to "memorize" it.....the way I learned it was to just learn how blood flows throughout the heart and main veins/arteries of the body.

    Learn the structures of the heart and where everything is (especially valves and which side they are on) and then just picture the blood pumping through.

    Blood flow through the heart/body is one of those things that I learned and have just never forgotten, once you learn in you wont forget it.

    Marilyn
  8. by   JillyT
    I usually use mneumonics and cute little sayings to remember things, but for cardiovascular physiology, you really need to understand and visualize the flow of blood through the system. It really helped me to draw it and explain it to someone. Good luck!
  9. by   suzy253
    You can try this web site for medical mnemonics. Don't know if they have exactly what you're looking for but I have found some of them quite helpful. good luck!

    http://www.medicalmnemonics.com/
  10. by   Brickman
    I have one for the valves. Tissue Paper My Ass = Tricuspid, Pulmonic, Mitral, and Aortic.
  11. by   orrnlori
    I drew pictures ALOT in A&P and I drew one for the heart over and over until it just stuck in my brain. When you can draw it and label it from memory it pretty much sticks from then on. Sorry I don't have a fancier way to remember it.
  12. by   career seeker
    Quote from Brickman
    I have one for the valves. Tissue Paper My Ass = Tricuspid, Pulmonic, Mitral, and Aortic.
    This one got me through A&P Midterms!

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