I need help about the path of blood through the pig's heart (this is a fill in the blanks question)To demonstrate that deoxygenated blood is kept separated from oxygenated blood, trace the path of...

I need help about the path of blood through the pig's heart (this is a fill in the blanks question)

To demonstrate that deoxygenated blood is kept separated from oxygenated blood, trace the path of blood from the right side of the heart to the aorta by filling in the blanks.

I. Venae Cavae
_______________________________________________ valve _______________________________________ valve _________________________

II. Lungs
_________________________________________________ valve __________________________________________ valve

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boblawrence eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The blanks in your question should be filled in as follows:


I.  Vena cava

Tricuspid valve

Pulmonic valve



II. Lungs

Mitral valve

Aortic Valve



The above cycle traces blood as it passes in the un-oxygenated state from the vena cava through the heart to the lungs.  In the lungs the blood is oxygenated, then passes through the left heart where it is pumped through the aorta to the rest of the body.  As oxygenated blood leaves the heart into the aorta it also passes into the openings of the coronary arteries (ostia which are located in the cusps of the aortic valve), providing oxygen to the heart itself.  Thus, there are pulmonary (lung), cardiac and systemic segments of the circulatory system.


Starting with deoxygenated blood in the vena cavae, the structures in order of blood flow is as follows:


1.  Superior and Inferior Vena Cavae

2.  Right Atrium

3.  Tricuspid Valve

4.  Right Ventricle

5.  Pulmonic Valve

6.  Pulmonary Artery

7.  Right and Left Main Pulmonary Arteries

8.  Pulmonary circulation (pulmonary arteries, arterioles, capillaries, venules and veins)

9.  Right and Left Pulmonary Veins

10.  Left Atrium

11.  Mitral Valve

13.  Left Ventricle

14.  Coronary Circulation (left and right coronary arteries and left circumflex artery)

15.  Ascending Aorta

16.  Aortic Arch

17.  Large arteries to upper body

18.  Descending Aorta

19.  Lower Thoracic Aorta

20.  Abdominal Aorta

21.  Large Arteries to lower body

22.  Organ vascular beds (arteries, arterioles, capillaries, venules, veins)

23.   Superior and Inferior Vena Cavae

And so on, as the cycle repeats.


Coronary Circulation:

As opposed to the systemic circulatory system (which provides blood to all organs other than the heart), the coronary system provides blood to the heart itself.  The right and left coronary arteries arise as openings at the base of the right and left cusp of the aortic valve in the form of ostia…the right and left coronary ostia.  The left main coronary artery gives off the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery with passes down along the anterior aspect of the left ventricle.  It also gives rise to the left circumflex coronary artery that passes posteriorly.  The right main coronary artery passes around the right upper portion of the heart and gives rise to the posterior descending branch that passes down the posterior aspect of the right ventricle.


The commonest sites of coronary artery occlusion (obstruction) leading to heart attacks are the proximal right coronary artery (usually s few centimeters from the right coronary ostium), and the proximal LAD (usually about one or two centimeters below or distal to the LAD’s origin from the left main coronary artery).  Coronary occlusions occur at the sites where there has been a build-up of arteriosclerotic plaque.  They can be from coronary thrombosis (clotting at the plaque site) or spasm of the vessel.


Systemic Circulation:  As opposed to the coronary circulation the systemic circulation constitutes the circulation to the entire body other than the heart.  It begins after the aortic valve where blood has left the heart, and ends in the superior and inferior vena cavae that bring deoxygenated blood from the organs back to the heart.



The heart pumps blood through the lungs to become oxygenated, then through the coronary circulation to supply oxygen to the heart itself, then through the systemic circulation to supply the entire remainder of the body.