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The Cardiopulmonary System Under Stress

East Baltimore
4th term
Environmental Health and Engineering
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Friday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Robert Fitzgerald

183.638 - Mechanisms of Cardiopulmonary Control or consent of instructor


Identifies the responses of the cardiopulmonary system to physiological and environmental stress, presenting information from both human and research laboratory model experimentation. Reviews hypoxia and some common air pollutants (e.g. ozone) as a prototypical environmental stress factors, and exercise as an example of physiologic stress. Discusses epithelial, circulatory, and ventilatory responses of the pulmonary system, as well as susceptibility factors and biomarkers to stress.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess the varied responses of the cardiopulmonary system to physiological and toxicological stresses such as: emotion, isometric and isotonic exercise, changes in gravity, diving, altitude, viral cardiac infections, air pollution (e.g., ozone) on lung function, oxidative stress on the lung, stress encountered with hyperoxic assisted ventilation, and, finally, the impact of social stress on the heart and on asthma
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on student participation in class discussion and student presentation of an assigned article

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent is required if student has not taken 183.638.

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