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Anatomy and Physiology

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Anatomy and Physiology BIOH 113 - 01

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These notes cover the whole of chapter 20: Blood Vessels.
Human Form and Function II
Heather Dawn Labbe (P)
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Date Created: 03/21/16
BIOH 113 Chapter 20 Blood Vessels: - Blood is carried in a closed system of vessels that begins and ends at the heart - There are 3 major types o Arteries- carry blood away o Capillaries- directly serve the cells o Veins- carry blood back to the heart Structure: - Arteries and veins are composed of 3 tunics (layers) o Tunica interna o Tunica media o Tunica externa Tunica interna:  Thin inner lining  Has direct contact with the blood as it flows through the lumen (an interior opening)  Has an endothelial layer that lines the lumen to allow smooth passage Tunica media:  Relatively thick layer  Smooth muscle and elastic fiber are found in this layer  Regulated by the sympathetic nervous system  Controls vasoconstriction/vasodilation Tunica externa:  Outer covering which consists of elastic and collagen fibers  Protects and reinforces the vessels  Larger vessels contain vaso vasorum Arteries: Elastic: o Thick walled arteries near the heart (aorta and its major branches) o Have a large lumen which allows low resistance conduction of the blood o Contains elastin in all three tunics o Can withstand and control large fluctuations in blood pressure (BP) o Allows blood to flow fairly continuously through the body Muscular: o Distal to the elastic arteries o Deliver blood to body organs o Have a thick tunica media with more smooth muscle and less elastic tissue o Are active in vasoconstriction o Are called distributing arteries Arterioles: o Smallest arteries o Lead to capillaries o Control the flow of blood into capillary beds using vasodilation/constriction o Have a thin tunica interna with a thin fenestrated (holey) internal elastic lamina o Have a 2-layer tunica media o The tunica externa contains sympathetic nerves Capillaries: - Smallest blood vessels - Approximately 20 billion of them in the body - Walls are a thin tunica interna that is one cell thick - Only a single RBC can pass through at a time - There are 3 types: continuous, fenestrated, and sinusoids Continuous Capillaries: o Abundant in the skin and muscles o Have endothelial cells that provide an uninterrupted lining o Adjacent cells that are held together with tight junctions o Intercellular clefts of un-joined membranes allow the passage of fluids o Tight junctions are completely around the endothelium which contributes to the blood brain barrier Fenestrated Capillaries: o Found wherever active capillary absorption or filtrate formation occurs o Have an endothelium filled with pores o Have a greater permeability to solutes than other capillaries o Found in great quantity in the kidneys Sinusoid Capillaries: o Highly modified leaky, fenestrated o Have large lumens o Allow for large molecules to pass between the blood and surrounding tissues o Blood flows sluggishly Capillary Beds: o A microcirculation of interwoven networks of capillaries consisting of:  Vascular shunts- met-arteriole, thoroughfare channel connecting an arteriole directly with a post capillary venule  True capillaries- 10-100 per capillary bed; capillaries branch off the met- arteriole and return to the thoroughfare channel at the distal end of the bed o Blood Flow:  Precapillary sphincter  Cuff of smooth muscle that surrounds each true capillary  Regulates blood flow into the capillary  Blood flow is regulated by the vasometer nerves and local chemical conditions so that it can either bypass or flood the capillary bed Venous Systems: Venules: o Formed when capillary beds unite o Allow for fluids and WBC’s to pass from the blood stream to the tissues o Post capillary venules=smallest venules composed of endothelium and some connective tissue o Large venules have one or two layers of smooth muscle (tunica media) Veins: o Formed when the venules converge o Composed of 3 tunics, with a thin tunica media and a thick tunica externa consisting of collagen fibers and elastic networks o Blood reservoirs that contain 65% of the blood supply o Have a much lower blood pressure and thinner walls than the arteries o To return blood to the heart, veins have special adaptations  Large diameter lumens which offer little resistance to flow  Valves which prevent backflow of blood o Venous sinuses- specialized, flattened veins with extremely thin walls Vascular Anastomoses: o Merging blood vessels, more common in veins than arteries o Arterial anastomoses provide alternative pathways for the blood to reach a given body region  If one branch is blocked the collateral channels can supply the area with adequate blood supply o Thoroughfare channels are examples of arteriovenous anastomoses Blood Flow: Poiseuille’s Law: o Actual volume of blood flowing through a vessel, an organ, or the entire circulation in a given period:  Flow = delta P divided by R  Measured in mL per minute  Relatively constant at rest  Varies widely through individual organs according to immediate needs Resistance: o Opposition to flow o Three important sources  Viscosity- thickness of the blood; remains relatively constant  Length of the vessel- the longer the vessel the greater the resistance; remains relatively constant th  Diameter of the vessel- resistance varies inversely with the 4 power of the vessel radius; changes are frequent and significantly alter peripheral resistance; small diameter arterioles are the major determinants of peripheral resistance Blood Pressure: - Pumping action of the heart generates blood flow through the vessels along a pressure gradient, always moving from higher to lower pressure areas - Pressure results when flow is opposed to resistance Systemic: o Highest in the aorta o Declines throughout the length of the pathway o Is 0 mm Hg as the vena cava enter the right atrium o Steepest change in BP occurs in the arterioles Arterial: o Reflects two factors of the arteries close to the heart:  Elasticity  Amount of blood o BP in elastic arteries is the pulsatile (pulses) o Systolic pressure- pressure exerted during ventricular contraction o Diastolic pressure- pressure at the lowest level during ventricular cycle o Pulse pressure- difference in systolic and diastolic pressures o Mean arterial pressure- pressure that propels blood to the tissues Capillary: o Ranges from 20-40 mm Hg o Low capillary pressure is desirable because high BP would rupture the fragile, thin walled capillaries o Low BP is sufficient to force filtrate out into the interstitial space and distribute nutrients, gases, and hormones from the blood to tissues Venous: o Steady and changes little during the cardiac cycle o 20 mm Hg Maintenance: o Requires cooperation of the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and brain supervision o Main factors are:  Cardiac output- determined by venous return and neural and hormonal controls  Peripheral resistance  Blood volume  Blood pressure Controls of Blood Pressure: o Neural  Baroreceptor reflexes  Carotid sinus reflex  Aortic reflex  Chemoreceptor reflexes  Carotid bodies  Aortic bodies  Both monitor changes in blood levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen ions o Hormonal  RAA  Epi-and norepinephrine  ADH  ANP Chemicals: o Increase BP:  Adrenal medulla hormones  ADH  Angiotensin II o Decrease BP:  ANP  Nitric Oxide  Inflammatory responses  Alcohol Tissue Perfusion: - Blood flow to the tissues o Delivers oxygen and nutrients o Removes wastes from the cells o Allows for gas exchange in the lungs Blood Flow Viscosity: - Changes as it travels through the systemic circuit - Inversely proportional to the cross sectional area Capillary Dynamics: - Substances can enter and leave by 3 main mechanisms o Diffusion:  plasma solutes travel down the concentration gradient by passing through intracellular clefts or fenestrations o Transcytosis:  Substances become enclosed in the endothelial cells and the exocytosed out the other side o Bulk Flow:  Large numbers of solutes move together in the same direction based on a pressure gradient Circulatory Pathways: - The vascular system has two distinct circulations o Pulmonary:  Short loop that runs from the heart to the lungs and back to the heart o Systemic:  Routes the blood through a long loop from the heart through the body and back to the heart


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