Blood flow through the heart


We are starting abnormal cardiac in children today. However I took A&P two years ago and sold my book ! Dumb move I know , I have since ordered one but it will be a few days. Does anyone have a tricks to remembering how blood flows through the heart . I had an instructor in high school that called it the bus trip through the heart and had a good pneumonic for it ,,, can someone please save me!!!!! :heartbeatlove.png


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We just finished heart, here is blood flow for adult heart: Vena cava, right atrium, tricuspid valve, right ventricle, pulmonic semi lunar valve, pulmonary trunk, pulmonary arteries, lungs, pulmonary veins, left atrium, bicuspid mitral valve, left ventricle, aortic semilunar valve, aorta, to body.


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Specializes in HCA, Physch, WC, Management. Has 6 years experience.

The only way I could remember was to learn the ventricles and things associated with the different areas and then we learned this acronym for the valves in order: Toilet Paper My @$$. TPMA... Tricuspid, Pulmonary SL valve, Mitral valve, Aortic SL valve. So we know it starts in the right atrium and goes from R atrium to R ventricle to lungs then to the L atrium to the L ventricle to the body. How does it get from atrium to venticle on both sides? TPMA. Dunno if that makes any sense but it was the only thing that helped me remember. I LOVE acronyms!

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