Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Trace a Drop of Blood Through the Body - Circulation Made Simple

The heart, a double-sided pump has the amazing ability to pump approximately 5 liters of blood through an average adult's body. Many people in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, or other healthcare-related classes may find it helpful to review the pathways that blood may travel through the human body.

These flashcards include the main structures as blood is pumped throughout the body. In an effort to keep things simple, I only included the largest blood vessels, but the arteries eventually move to smaller vessels until gas exchange occurs in the capillaries.

For more detailed information related to the circulatory system, feel free to check out these great links:
  • Blood Flow Sequence is a pdf file with this simplified information as well as diagrams.
  • Map the Human Heart offers an interactive animation where you can enter a pulse rate and see what the heart would look like pumping at that rate. They also offer quick heart facts.
  • The University of Utah offers an animated heart with corresponding ECG. You can select various heart rhythms to see how the heart appears in each.
How to Use These Human Blood Circulation Flashcards

  1. Click on the first image below to enlarge. 
  2. Click on the next thumbnail at the bottom of the screen to scroll through all the slides.
You may wish to find more of my resources, such as:
Visit the Student Survive 2 Thrive site map for additional free flash cards, practice tests, tips, and other resources.

Trace a Drop of Blood Through the Human Body © Katrena
Free Medical Terminology and A&P Flash Cards © Katrena
Blood Circulation Pathway © Katrena
Blood Circulation Through Vena Cava © Katrena
Blood Circulation: Vena Cava to Right Atrium © Katrena
Blood Circulation: Right Atrium Through Tricuspid Valve © Katrena
Blood Circulation: Tricuspid Valve to Right Ventricle
Blood Circulation: Right Ventricle to Pulmonary Artery © Katrena
Blood Circulation: Pulmonary Artery to Lungs © Katrena
Blood Circulation: Lungs to Pulmonary Vein
Blood Circulation: Pulmonary Vein to Left Atrium
Blood Circulation: Left Atrium Through Mitral Valve
Blood Circulation: Mitral Valve to Left Ventricle © Katrena
Blood Circulation: Left Ventricle to Either Carotid Artery, Auxiliary Arteries, or Aorta © Katrena
Blood Circulation: Aorta to Vena Cava © Katrena
Simple Blood Circulation Flash Cards © Katrena


  1. It'd be nice to include "Arterioles" after arteries, and "Capillary beds" and "Venules" before veins/vena cava.

    1. I agree that this blood tracing is abbreviated and does not include all vessels, but it does include most of the larger ones..

  2. Thank you for your post this will help me for my Human Body test.


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