Cardiovascular Function During Exercise: Learn how your body responds to exercise

Cardiovascular Function During Exercise
Time to complete course: 26 min.

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Exercising can be hard. In this simulation you’ll discover why that is, and learn how your cardiovascular system behaves at rest and at different exercise intensities. This will give you an understanding of what is happening inside your body when exercising.

Understand the cardiovascular system function

Using different study subjects, you will first learn how the cardiovascular system changes when exercising. By observing different exercise intensities, you will be able to see how the functionality of the cardiovascular system progressively changes.

Measure several cardiovascular variables

In the simulation, you will measure the blood pressure of your study subject, like you would in real life. You will also determine systolic and diastolic blood pressure by using a sphygmomanometer. You can listen to the blood flowing through the arteries with the stethoscope as many times as you want, until you find the study subject’s blood pressure. You will also be able to measure heart rate, stroke volume and cardiac output thanks to the advanced doppler ultrasound machine.

Run an experiment with several study subjects

Last, you will run an experiment with several study subjects at once. You will measure the above mentioned variables in patients at different exercise intensities, giving you a clear picture of how the functionality of the cardiovascular system changes with exercise intensity, and perhaps letting you discover mechanisms that you didn’t even know existed…

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Use medical tests to gather information about patients and determine how their cardiovascular systems respond to different exercise intensities.

Techniques in Lab

  • Blood pressure measured using a sphygmomanometer and stethoscope
  • Doppler ultrasound
  • Analyze cardiovascular system variables

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to…

  • Understand how the respiratory and cardiovascular system responds during exercise
  • Understand how cardiac output and blood pressure can be measured
  • Understand how heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output and total peripheral resistance change with exercise
  • Interpret data to assess possible cardiovascular problems during exercise

Simulation Features

Length – 26 minutes
Accessibility mode – Available
Languages – English

Examples of Related Standards


Life Science related 1st year onwards


No direct alignment


D.4 The heart


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Dr. Jon Harrison

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University

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