Cardiovascular embryology

Raid Abdulla*, G. A. Blew, M. J. Holterman

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During the first 20 days of development, the human embryo has no cardiovascular structure. Over the next month, the heart and great vessels complete their development and look very much like they will at full gestation. This amazing process transforms isolated angiogenic cell islets into a complex, four-chambered structure. During this transformation, the single heart tube begins to beat at 23 days of development and by 30 days blood circulates through the embryo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-200
Number of pages10
JournalPediatric cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004


  • Cardiovascular
  • Embryology
  • Heart
  • Heart looping
  • Outflow tract septation
  • Primitive heart

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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