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Chapter 19b- The Circulatory System: Physiology of the Heart

by: Marlee Porter

Chapter 19b- The Circulatory System: Physiology of the Heart BIOL 20214

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Anatomy and Physiology
Mrs. Crenshaw
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anatomy, Physiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Circulatory System, The Heart
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Date Created: 02/03/16
Chapter 19b­ The Circulatory system: Cardiac Physiology Cardiac Muscle  ­Cardiocytes­ cardiac muscle cells ­Intercalated discs­ thick connections between cardiocytes  ­Gap Junctions­ channels allowing ion flow between cells ­Desmosomes­ anchor cells together ­Interdigitating folds­ increase surface area between cells  ­Cardiocytes rely almost exclusively on aerobic cellular respiration ­The heart is fatigue resistant, but requires constant oxygen supply ­Adults derive 60­90% of ATP from fatty acids ­The heart can adapt to metabolize whatever nutrient source is available (even lactic acid) ­Damaged cardiac muscle is replaced almost entirely with fibrosis (scar tissue) ­Two types of cardiocytes: ­Contractile Cardiocyte Cells ­Most numerous  ­Gap junctions form a functional syncytium to allow all connected  cardiocytes to contract simultaneously  ­Pacemaker Cells ­Non­contractile cells ­Capable of self­depolarization; do not require extrinsic stimulation to  facilitate cardiac contraction  ­Bundled together to form nodes, which collectively form the Intrinsic  Conduction System  ­Connected to one another and to cardiocytes via gap junctions  Electrical Events of the Heart  ­Pacemaker Cells and the Intrinsic Conduction System  ­Determines the innate rhythm of the heart ­Anatomy consists of a series of pacemaker cells which form the: ­Sinoatrial Node ­Atrioventricular Node ­Bundle of His and the bundle branches ­Purkinje Fibers ­Sa node regulates heart rate; failure for the SA node to function will results in one of the  slower nodes to take over ­The rhythm of these cells can be influenced by numerous chemical and mechanical  elements ­Normal rhythm is generally 70­80bpm  ­The Sinoatrial Node (SA)= “the pacemaker” ­Generates the sinus rhythm of the heart and stimulate the two atria to  contract simultaneously ­As long as the SA node is active, all other cells of the cardiac conduction  system will depolarize at the sinus rhythm   ­At rest, it receives input from the parasympathetic Vagus Nerve  ­This Vagal Tone keeps resting heart rate around 75bpm ­Innate rhythm is closer to 100bpm without Vagal tone ­Atrioventricular Node (AV) ­Receives depolarization from SA node due to gap junctions ­Delays impulse travel by 100ms, which allows atria to finish contraction  before the ventricles begin contraction  ­Without the SA node, the AV node would generate 40­50 impulses per  minute (nodal or junctional rhythm)  ­Sufficient to maintain life  ­ Bundle of His (Atrioventricular Bundle) -Carries signals from the AV node through the ventricular septum and forks into the Right and Left Bundle branches -Without the AV node, the bundle would generate 30 impulses per minute -Too slow to maintain life -Purkinje Fibers -Arise from the bundle branches -Controls the bulk of ventricular depolarization -More elaborate network in the left ventricle -Entire ventricular myocardium depolarizes about 200ms after the SA node fires Potentials of Pacemaker Cells 1. Leakage channels allow the slow, constant influx of Na+ (pacemaker potential) 2. Slow gain of Na+ enables membrane potential to reach threshold (-40mV) 3. At threshold potential, voltage-gated Ca2+ channels open, allowing a fast Ca2+ influx, resulting in depolarization 4. As Ca3+ channels close, K+ channels open, resulting in the efflux of K+ 5. K+ efflux results in repolarization, returning the SA node cells to resting membrane potential (-60mV) Potentials of Cardiocytes -Impulse generated by the SA node causes both atria to fire simultaneously -Cardiocyte: -Only contract when stimulated- they do not exhibit pacemaker potentials seen in the SA node -Resting membrane potential is -90mV -Stimulus opens Na+ voltage-gated channels in the cardiocytes, which results in depolarization of the cardiocytes -At threshold, more Na+ channels open, resulting in positive feedback of signal propagation -Plateau Phase -Slow Ca2+ channels are opened by depolarization -Prolong depolarization for 200-250ms, which prolongs time of contraction -Prevents a brief “muscle twitch” to ensure that ventricles contract fully to expel blood -Long Absolute Refractory Period -About 250ms -Longer than in skeletal muscle -Prevents wave summation and tetanus in the heart, which would stop the pumping action of the heart Electrical Events of the Heart -Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) -All action potentials generated by both the SA/AV nodes, and the contractile cells at a given time -Recorded by attaching leads to various places on the body -Tracings- series of waves that indicate abnormalities with the heart’s electrical activities -The letters represent the electrical activity that proceeds the mechanical activity -Electrical Events -Described as depolarization or repolarization -Electrical leads to mechanical -Mechanical Events -Systole- contraction -Diastole- relaxation P wave- depolarization of the atria QRS wave- depolarization of the ventricles; repolarization of the atria T Wave- repolarization of the ventricles RST (RT)= systole TPQ (TQ)= diastole RR= whole time it takes to get through one cardiac event PR= onset of atrial depolarization to the onset of ventricular depolarization QT= onset of ventricular depolarization to end of ventricular repolarization (refractory period of the ventricles) T-P segment- end of one cardiac event, beginning of a second Cardiac Arrhythmias -Arrhythmia- any deviation from the sinus rhythm -Ventricular Fibrillation- hallmark of a heart attack -Random ventricular depolarization that repeatedly re-stimulates ventricular regions without patterned diastole -Atrial Fibrillation- high frequency depolarization that fails to stimulate the ventricle -Common in elderly -Less fatal -Defibrillation- electric shock used to “reset” the SA node -Heart Block- failure for any part of the conduction system to transmit signals, usually due to disease or degeneration -Named for the region of the conduction system that fails -Total heart block follows damage to AV node -Ectopic Focus- any region of spontaneous firing other than the SA node -Extrasystole- Premature ventricular contraction (PVC) -Type of ectopic focus -When other parts of the conduction system fire before the SA node -Can be stimulated by caffeine, nicotine, stress, or electrolyte imbalance Mechanical Events of the Heart The Cardiac Cycle -All events associated with blood flow through the heart during one complete heart beat; follow electrical activity 1. Ventricular Filling- mid to late (atrial) diastole -AV Valves open, SL valves close -80% blood enter ventricles passively, remaining 20% enters as atria contract; all from superior and inferior vena cava, and coronary sinus -End Diastolic Volume (EDV) -Maximum amount of blood the ventricles will contain following atrial contraction -At the end, the atria relax and the ventricles begin to depolarize 2. Isovolumetric Contraction Phase -Ventricles begin to contract and increased blood pressure forces AV valves open -Short period in which both AV and SL valves are close and blood is “trapped” in each ventricle 3. Ventricular Ejection Phase -Increased pressure inside the ventricles overcomes the pressure on the opposing side of the SL valves, and the two SL valves open -Pulmonary trunk- goes from diastolic to systolic -Aorta- goes from diastolic to systolic -Same volume of blood ejected on both sides of the heart -Atria are in diastole and are filling with blood 4. Isovolumetric Relaxation -Early ventricular diastole -SL valves close due to change in pressure system and the AV valves have not opened yet -Dicrotic Notch- indicates closure of the aortic SL valves -End Systolic Volume (ESV) -Small amount of blood remaining in ventricle -Ventricular filling will begin again, once atrial pressure exceeds ventricular pressure, and the AV valves open Heart Sounds -Lub- AV valves close, mitral valves close; louder, longer sound -Dup- SL valves close, aortic valve closes; short, sharp sound -Heart murmur- abnormal heart sounds as blood flows through the heart -Incompetent Valve- “leaky”; same blood re-pumped multiple times -Stenosis- valves are stiff and do not open completely; heart contracts more forcefully


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