1. Pericarditis is a term describing inflammation of
    • the inside lining of heart chambers
    • the tough sac surrounding the heart
    • the muscular layer of the heart
    • a coronary artery
    • a heart valve
  2. A physician who specializes in diagnosis of diseases of the heart is a called a
    • hematologist
    • serologist
    • pathologist
    • cardiologist
    • cardiovascular surgeon
  3. A recording of the electrical activity of the heart is termed
    • echocardiogram
    • cardiac scan
    • electrocardiogram
    • cardiac catheterization
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  4. Bradycardia is a term describing an
    • abnormally fast heart rate
    • inflammation of heart muscle
    • enlarged heart
    • abnormally slow heart rate
    • abnormally small heart
  5. Which of the following cells gives the red color to the blood?
    • leucocytes
    • erythrocytes
    • melanocytes
    • cenocytes
    • phagocytes
  6. Inflammation of veins is termed
    • lymphangitis
    • hemangioma
    • phlebitis
    • arteritis
    • angina
  7. Permanent damage to heart muscle due to a blocked artery is termed
    • angina pectoris
    • myocardial infarct
    • cardiomyopathy
    • cardiomegaly
    • myocarditis
  8. The medical technician who draws blood from a vein for laboratory tests is called a
    • cardiologist
    • hematologist
    • phlebotomist
    • radiologist
    • serologist
  9. A physician determines that the heart murmur (abnormal heart sound) in a patient is caused by narrowing of a heart valve passageway. The term for this condition is
    • ischemia
    • prolapse
    • regurgitation
    • stenosis
    • angina
  10. CHALLENGE QUESTION: Read through this final question carefully. You will have to recall three different word parts and then identify a term you have never been presented. You can do it! A hemangioma means
    • blood found in spinal cord fluid
    • blood found between the heart and the pericardial sac
    • a tumor of heart muscle
    • a tumor of blood vessels
    • blood found between the skull and the brain


So, you picked a tumor of blood vessels, right? Hema = blood, angio = vessel, -oma = tumor of.

The next to last question might have been pretty challenging too, because of similarities in word structure. That was intentional! A myocardial infarct is permanent damage or death of heart muscle due to blocked blood flow in a coronary artery. The wrong choices were:

Angina pectoris = the pain associated with a reduced blood flow (ischemia) or a myocardial infarct.

Cardiomyopathy = a general term for abnormalities of heart muscle of various causes, but not a myocardial infarct.

Cardiomegaly = an enlarged heart.

Myocarditis = inflammation of heart muscle.

From now on quizzes will be CUMULATIVE. You can’t forget what you have already learned! You have to keep reinforcing what you know while you add to your database of new words. Remember, the ultimate goal is being able to respond to more of those challenge questions, that is, figuring out words you have never seen by being able to put together roots, prefixes and suffixes in new combinations.

If you were disappointed in your quiz results, don’t get discouraged. Back up, review the circulatory material again, take the quiz again. You WILL do better! If this quiz gave you heartburn, get relief at Hadi’s Medical Cartoon Page.

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