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					                                          CHAPTER 19-BLOOD VESS ELS

   I. BLOOD VESSELS-are responsible for delivering blood to all parts of the human body.
         A. As the heart contracts it forces blood into arteries which branch into smaller arteries that
            branch to from smaller arterioles. Arterioles carry blood into capillaries (capillary beds) which
            carry blood into body tissues.
         B. Blood returning from the capillary beds empties into venules that merge to form veins. Veins
            ultimately empty into the heart.
 II. ARTERIES-carry blood away from the heart.
         A. In general, arteries carry oxygenated blood.
         B. Structure of the Wall of Arteries:
                 1. 3 Layers in arterial walls (are also known as tunics):
                          a. Tunica interna-innermost layer. Also known as the tunica intima.
                                   1) Surrounds a central blood-containing space known as the lumen.
                                   2) Lined with endothelium (simple squamous epithelium). This tissue
                                       reduces friction as blood moves through the lumen.
                          b. Tunica media-composed primarily of smooth muscle tissue and elastic tissue.
                                   1) This smooth muscle is regulated by the autonomic nervous system
                                       and various chemicals.
                                   2) Vasoconstriction (reduction in lumen diameter due to smooth muscle
                                       contraction) and Vasodilation (widening of the lumen due to smooth
                                       muscle relaxation) both occur in the tunica media.
                                   3) This layer is typically the thickest layer in the walls of arteries. This
                                       layer also helps to regulate blood pressure and blood flow.
                          c. Tunica externa (tunica adventitia)-outermost layer of the arterial wall.
                                   1) Is primarily connective tissue in structure.
                                   2) Vasa vasorum-tiny blood vessels that carry blood into the outer
                                       layers of the arterial walls (into the tunica externa).
         C. 3 Types of Arteries
                 1. Elastic (Conducting) Arteries-thick-walled; located near the heart. Includes the aorta
                    and its branches. These are the largest arteries in the body.
                          a. These are called conducting arteries since they carry blood away from the heart.
                 2. Muscular (Distributing) Arteries-deliver blood to specific body organs.
                          a. They have the thickest tunica media of any of the blood vessels.
                          b. These are actively involved in vasoconstriction and vasodilation.
                 3. Arterioles-smallest arteries, these carry blood into capillaries.
                          a. When these constrict, they shut off blood to specific tissues. When they dilate,
                              blood flow increases greatly into tissues.
III. CAPILLARIES-microscopic blood vessels. Are the smallest vessels in the body.
         A. Their walls consist of only a tunica interna and their walls are typically only one cell layer thick.
                 1. Why is this important?

        B. Capillaries are the primary sites for the exchange of materials (gases, nutrients, hormones) between
           the blood and body tissues and interstitial fluid.
        C. Capillaries are arranged in thick networks known as capillary beds.
        D. 3 Types of Capillaries:
                1. Continuous capillaries-their lining is not broken.
                2. Fenestrated capillaries-have numerous pores in their lining.
                3. Sinusoidal capillaries-very permeable; found in some organs.
       E. Capillary Beds-networks of capillaries. These regulate blood flow to/through organs.
                1. On the opposite ends of arterioles, capillary beds unite to form venules. Venules then
                   connect to form veins.
IV. VEINS-carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart.
       A. Blood flow is sluggish at best in veins.
       B. Veins have 3 distinct tunics, but their walls are always thinner and their lumens larger than those of
                1. Due to this, veins accommodate a large blood volume. They may store as much as 65% of
                   total blood volume.
       C. Blood pressure is low in veins. Why is this so?

      D. Veins contain Valves along their tunica interna. These valves prevent the backflow of blood in the
          the veins of the body. The valves are most numerous in the veins of the limbs.
      E. Veins collapse when cut.
      F. Venous sinuses-specialized, flat veins. These serve as collection areas for blood and body fluids.
      G. Varicose veins-occur when veins dilate. Is usually caused by incompetent valves.
               1. Prolonged standing, obesity, genetic factors all contribute to varicose veins.
               2. Treatment often includes surgical removal of the veins.
      H. Hemorrhoids-occur when blood does not exit the veins of the anal canal. These veins fill with blood
          and swell. Causes include pregnancy, prolonged sitting.
      I. Phlebitis-inflammation or injury to a vein. Blood clots may form in the vein.
      J. Anastomoses-interconnections between 2 or more vessels (arteries or veins) supplying the same body
         region. These provide alternate routes for blood flow to a body region.
      K. As a rule, in adults, arteries carry oxygenated blood and veins carry deoxygenated blood.
               1. Sole Exception in adults: pulmonary artery carries deoxygenated blood and the pulmonary
                  vein carries oxygenated blood.
      A. Blood must be kept circulating for us to survive.
      B. Key Terms Relating To Circulation:
               1. Blood Flow-volume of blood flowing through a vessel or organ in a given period of time
                  (ml/min). Is equivalent to cardiac output.
               2. Blood Pressure (BP)-the force per unit area exerted on the wall of a blood vessel by its
                  contained blood. Is expressed in mm Hg.
               3. Resistance-the opposition to blood flow. This also includes any friction blood faces as it
                  travels through the body.
               4. Blood Viscosity-refers to the thickness of blood.
      C. Blood Pressure (BP)-is usually associated with arteries. Is measured with a sphygmomanometer.
               1. Systolic Pressure-occurs when BP is highest against the wall of the aorta and other arteries.
                        a. This is caused by ventricular contraction (or systole).
                        b. This typically measures around 120 mmHg.
                        c. This causes a great deal of stretching in arteries and along their walls.
               2. Diastolic Pressure-the lowest blood pressure reading.
                        a. This occurs during ventricular diastole (filling).
                        b. Aortic pressure is low at this point. This is actually caused by the force of the
                           elastic arteries returning to their original position. It usually measures 60-80 mmHg.
               3. BP is expressed systolic/diastolic. For example: 120/80.
               4. There is a wide variation in blood pressure in different individuals.
                        a. Hypertension-high blood pressure. Occurs when BP is greater than 140/95 mmHg.
                                 1) Causes include: atherosclerosis and kidney disease (the kidney releases
                                     renin which increases BP).
         5. Factors That Influence Blood Pressure:
                  a. Cardiac output
                  b. Blood volume
                  c. Peripheral resistance-resistance to blood flow caused by blood viscosity and/or
                      the changing diameter of arterioles.
         6. Controls that act to maintain normal blood pressure:
                  a. Vasomotor center-in the medulla of the brain. Makes up part of the cardiovascular
                       center. The vasomotor center regulates arteries.
                  b. Baroreceptors-located in most large arteries.
                            1) These stretch when BP increases. When this happens, baroreceptors send
                                impulses to the vasomotor center. These impulses inhibit the vasomotor
                               center; therefore, vasodilation of arteries and arterioles occur and BP drops.
                  c. Chemoreceptors-including carotid and aortic bodies
                            1) When O2 levels drop or CO2 levels increase in the blood, these receptors
                                send impulses to the cardiovascular center. In response, the cardiovascular
                                center increases cardiac output; thus causing vasoconstriction to occur.
                                Due to this, BP increases.
                  d. Chemicals-primarily hormones (norepinephrine, epinephrine).
                  e. Higher brain centers-primarily the cerebrum (regulates BP during rage, anger).
                  f. Autoregulation-local adjustments of blood flow in a given region of the body in
                      response to local tissue needs.
D. Pulse Pressure (Pulse)-waves of pressure along arteries caused by ejection of blood from the heart
   into the aorta. This is best felt in arteries over bones (as in the wrist).
         1. Pulse provides information on the rate of heart beat.
E. Blood flows from regions of higher pressure to regions of lower pressure.
         1. BP falls from the aorta (100 mmHg) to arteries, to arterioles to the capillary bed (40 mmHg),
            to venules to veins (2 mmHg).
         2. Obviously BP is low in veins. Blood flow is sluggish in veins.
         3. Factors that aid Venous Return:
                  a. Respiratory Pump-breathing creates pressure changes in the ventral body cavity.
                      These pressure changes act to “suck” blood upward towards the heart.
                  b. Skeletal Muscle Contractions-tighten around veins which helps to force blood
                      towards the heart.
                  c. Valves-on the inner walls of veins close to prevent blood from backflowing.
                  d. Velocity of Blood Flow-blood leaves small capillaries and venules and enters
                       larger veins. Veins offer less resistance to flow.
F. Capillary Exchange
         1. The movement of water and dissolved substances (except proteins) through capillaries is
            greatly affected by hydrostatic pressure and osmotic pressure.
         2. Blood Hydrostatic Pressure (BHP)-the blood pressure in capillaries. This tends to move fluid
            out of a capillary. Is also known as Capillary Hydrostatic Pressure (HP c).
         3. Interstitial Fluid Hydrostatic Pressure (HP if)-pressure of interstitial fluid against the cells of a
            tissue and cells on the outside of capillary walls. This moves fluid into capillaries.
         4. Blood Osmotic Pressure (BOP) or Colloid Osmotic Pressure-pressure created by the
            presence of large plasma proteins in the blood. This tends to move fluids into capillaries via
         5. Interstitial Fluid Osmotic Pressure (IFOP)-pressure created by the presence of large plasma
            proteins in tissue (interstitial) fluid. This tends to move fluid out of capillaries.
         6. Whether fluids exit or enter capillaries depends on how the above pressures relate to each
            other. If the pressures that move fluids out of capillaries are greater than the pressures that
            move fluids into capillaries, then fluid will move into tissue spaces. The opposite is also true.
               7. Net Filtration Pressure (NFP)-is used to illustrate the direction of fluid movement in capillaries.
                        a. NFP=(BHP + IFOP) - (HP if + BOP)
               8. At the arterial end of a capillary, there is typically a positive NFP which forces fluid into tissue
                  spaces. At the venous end of a capillary, there is a negative NFP which forces fluid into the
               9. Not all fluids filtered at one end of a capillary are reabsorbed at the other end-this includes
                  some types of lymph. However, the movement of fluid between plasma and interstitial fluid is
                  in a state of near equilibrium at the arterial end and venous end of a capillary. That is, filtered
                  fluid and reabsorbed fluid are nearly equal. This near equilibrium is known as Starling’s Law
                  of the Capillaries.
       G. Blood Reservoirs
               1. 59% of blood is in veins, venules and venous sinuses (thin-walled, enlarged veins). These
                  structures serve as blood reservoirs or storage areas for blood.
               2. This blood can be moved out of these areas to other parts of the body quickly under times of
                  need (exercise, etc...).
       H. Circulatory Shock-any condition in which blood vessels are inadequately filled and blood cannot
          circulate properly. This results in inadequate blood flow and can lead to tissue death if it persists.
       A. Systemic Circulation-oxygenated blood leaves the left ventricle through the aorta and travels to
          systemic arteries. Deoxygenated blood from the organs returns via systemic veins into the
          superior or inferior vena cava then into the right atrium.
               1. 2 Specialized Circulatory Routes in the Systemic Circulation:
                        a. Coronary Circulation-to myocardium of the heart.
                        b. Hepatic Portal Circulation-blood flow to/from the liver. The liver regulates nutrients
                           in the blood and it removes foreign debris from the blood.
                                 1) In the hepatic portal circulation, the following events occur:
                                           a) Hepatic Portal Vein-carries blood from the GI tract to the liver.
                                           b) In the liver, the blood passes through enlarged venous areas known
                                              as hepatic sinusoids.
                                           c) Kupffer Cells in the sinusoids remove bacteria from the blood and
                                              enzymes in the sinusoids remove certain chemicals from the blood.
               2. The Aorta-the largest artery in the body. It exits the left ventricle of the heart.
                        a. 4 Portions of the Aorta:
                                 1) Ascending Aorta-posterior and to the right of the pulmonary trunk. This runs
                                      from the left ventricle to the sternal angle.
                                 2) Aortic Arch-begins and ends at the sternal angle.
                                 3) Descending (Thoracic) Aorta-runs from T5 to T12 along the spine. It sends
                                     off many small arteries to the thorax and viscera before it runs through the
                                 4) Abdominal Aorta-begins at the entrance of the abdominal cavity (T12 or
                                     diaphragm). It supplies viscera and the abdominal walls in the abdominal
                                     cavity. It ends at L4-where it branches.
3. Circulation Through the Right Arm
                        a. Left ventricle → Ascending aorta → Aortic arch →
                           Brachiocephalic artery → Brachial artery → Ulnar or Radial
                           artery → Arterial palmar arches → Digital artery →
                           Arterioles → Capillaries → Venules → Digital vein
                             → Venous plamar arches (2 pathways from here):


                                 Cephalic Vein (superficial)           or       Radial veins (deep)


                                                                   Axillary vein

                                                                   Subclavian vein

                                                                   Brachiocephalic vein

                                                                   Superior vena cava

                                                                     Right atrium
       B. Pulmonary Circulation-carries deoxygenated blood from the right ventricle through the pulmonary
          artery to the lungs. In the lungs, this blood picks up oxygen and this oxygenated blood is then returned
          to the left atrium via the pulmonary veins.
       C. Fetal Circulation-exchange of materials between a fetus and the mother.
               1. In a fetus, the lungs, kidneys and digestive tract are nonfunctional.
               2. Placenta-cord that attaches to the wall of the mother’s uterus and to the fetus.
                         a. Umbilical cord-carries oxygenated blood and nutrients from the mother to the fetus.
                                  1) Most of this blood bypasses the fetal liver by flowing through the ductus
                                       venosus-a modification of the inferior vena cava.
                                  2) 2 Umbilical Arteries carry deoxygenated blood (containing CO 2 and wastes)
                                      from the fetus to the placenta. There is no mixing of maternal and fetal blood.
                                           a) All exchanges occur by diffusion across the placenta.
                                           b) The umbilical vein and the 2 umbilical arteries make up the
                                               umbilical cord which is shed at birth with the placenta.
               3. In the fetal heart, there is no need for blood to be pumped to the lungs. There are 2
                   modifications in the fetal heart to allow blood to partially bypass the lungs:
                         a. Foramen ovale-a hole in the interatrial septum. Blood can pass from the right atrium to
                            the left atrium through this hole. Blood then moves on to the aorta.
                         b. Ductus arteriosus-duct connecting the pulmonary artery with the arch of the aorta.
                            Blood passes from the right atrium to the right ventricle through this duct.
                         c. Both of these modifications close off shortly after birth. If they fail to close, then
                            congenital heart defects can develop.
VII. RELATED CLINICAL TERMS-at end of chapter.
       A. Aneurysm
       B. Angiogram
C. Diuretic
D. Phlebitis
E. Phlebotomy
F. Sclerotherapy
G. Thrombophlebitis