The exploration of the cardiovascular system has a
history of at least 500 years.
The model of the heart and veins represented by
Aristotle is one of the earliest and accurate descriptions of the
Aristotle explained why there may be a vascular tree
composed of two vessels and also why these vessels must extend
throughout the entire body.
It is the early work of such scientists as Aristotle on
which we base our current understanding of the cardiovascular
In this updated section
on Cardiac Pathology I have given a brief outline on various aspects
of cardiac diseases, including inflammatory, benign and malignant
There are separate
posts on practical reporting and processing of endomyocardial
biopsies and autopsy specimens.
is the number one cause of death worldwide. Hospital autopsies play a
critical role in establishing the cause of death. Expert
handling of heart specimen is an important part of pathology resident
Several new diagrams,
gross and microscopic images have been included.
More photographs and
mock quiz cases will be added gradually as I continue to update every
There are links to many
interesting peer-reviewed articles and excellent websites dealing with
Hope all medical
professionals, pathology residents and those interested in cardiac
pathology will enjoy this section.
For further information
or comments you may contact me by e-mail.
Dr Sampurna Roy MD