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Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling Us, University of Pennsylvania

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The vital signs – heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration rate, and pain – communicate important information about the physiological status of the human body. In this six-part course we explore the anatomy and physiology underlying the vital signs so that you will develop a systematic, integrated understanding of how the body functions. Relevant body systems are reviewed including cardiovascular and respiratory, followed by explanations of how the function of these systems affects vital signs. We discuss normal ranges, normal variants, and the mechanisms that underlie changes in the objective measurement of vital signs. The course also includes demonstrations of appropriate techniques for measuring vital signs in yourself and others. The course is designed for a broad, general audience but will be particularly interesting for individuals working in healthcare, those considering a career as a healthcare professional, lay caregivers, those with an interest in personal health and fitness, or anyone who simply wants to understand how the body functions....

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Sep 30, 2018

Yes, it is very useful to me and I will suggest to my friends to take this course. My sincere Thanks to Connie B. Scanga, PhD, she taken the all lecture clearly and her lecture was easy to understand.


Aug 16, 2018

Great Course ! It provides important information regarding anatomy and physiology of the main systems in our body. The video lectures are very interactive and Dr. Scanga has a great ability to teach.

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By Penny Durham

Jan 21, 2019

Excellent course! Information well presented and easy to retain.

By Pareshkumar N. Chaudhari

Jan 18, 2019


By Christine Luane Pimentel

Jan 17, 2019

Excellent explanation!!

By Karan Attal

Jan 13, 2019

Really helpful, cheers

By rodrigo vieira pereira

Jan 10, 2019

excelent course!

By Roberto Serra Toledo

Jan 09, 2019


By Christmar Dayana Quintero Luna

Jan 02, 2019

Really great course!!

By Paola Mendoza García

Jan 02, 2019

very helpful, I learned a lot

By Chia Hung

Jan 01, 2019

Great and valuable information and lesson.

By Jesús Andreé Neyra León

Dec 31, 2018

Excelente curso, les recomiendo a todos tomarlo !!!