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Vascular Physiology. Physiology of Systemic Circulation. Determined by Dynamics of blood flow Anatomy of circulatory system Regulatory mechanisms that control heart and blood vessels Blood volume Most in the veins (2/3rd) Smaller volumes in arteries and capillaries.

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physiology of systemic circulation
Physiology of Systemic Circulation
  • Determined by
    • Dynamics of blood flow
    • Anatomy of circulatory system
    • Regulatory mechanisms that control heart and blood vessels
  • Blood volume
    • Most in the veins (2/3rd)
    • Smaller volumes in arteries and capillaries
dynamics of blood circulation
Dynamics of Blood Circulation
  • Interrelationships between
    • Pressure
    • Flow
    • Resistance
    • Control mechanisms that regulate blood pressure
    • Blood flow through vessels
blood flow
Blood Flow
  • Actual volume of blood flowing through a vessel, an organ, or the entire circulation in a given period:
    • Is measured in ml per min.
    • Is equivalent to cardiac output (CO), considering the entire vascular system
    • Is relatively constant when at rest
    • Varies widely through individual organs, according to immediate needs
blood pressure bp
Blood Pressure (BP)
  • Measure of force exerted by blood against the wall
  • Force per unit area exerted on the wall of a blood vessel by its contained blood
    • Expressed in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg)
    • Measured in reference to systemic arterial BP in large arteries near the heart
  • Blood moves through vessels because of blood pressure
  • The differences in BP within the vascular system provide the driving force that keeps blood moving from higher to lower pressure areas
blood flow blood pressure
Blood Flow & Blood Pressure
  • Blood flow (F) is directly proportional to the difference in blood pressure (P) between two points in the circulation
blood flow pressure changes
Blood Flow: Pressure Changes
  • Flows down a pressure gradient
  • Force of heart contraction
  • Highest at the heart (driving P), decreases over distance
  • Compliance (distensibility) of vessel
  • Decreases 90% from aorta to vena cava
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Blood Flow
  • Flow rate through a vessel (volume of blood passing through per unit of time) is directly proportional to the pressure gradient and inversely proportional to vascular resistance

F = ΔP


F = flow rate of blood through a vessel

ΔP = pressure gradient

R = resistance of blood vessels

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Blood Flow
  • Pressure gradient is pressure difference between beginning and end of a vessel
    • Blood flows from area of higher pressure to area of lower pressure
  • Resistance – opposition to flow
    • Measure of the amount of friction blood encounters as it passes through vessels
    • Referred to as peripheral resistance (PR)
  • Blood flow is inversely proportional to resistance (R)
    • If R increases, blood flow decreases
  • R is more important than P in influencing local blood pressure
resistance factors
Resistance Factors
  • Constant resistance factors:
    • Blood viscosity – thickness or “stickiness” of the blood
      • Hematocrit
      • [plasma proteins]
    • Blood vessel length – the longer the vessel, the greater the resistance encountered
  • Major determinant of resistance to flow is vessel’s radius
  • Slight change in radius produces significant change in blood flow

R is proportional to 1


blood vessel diameter
Blood Vessel Diameter
  • Changes in vessel diameter significantly alter peripheral resistance
  • Resistance varies inversely with the fourth power of vessel radius (one-half the diameter)
  • R = L 
  • r 4
    • L = length of the vessel)
    •  = viscosity of blood
    • r = radius of the vessel
    • Vessel length and blood viscosity do not vary significantly and are considered CONSTANT = 1
  • Therefore: R = 1

r 4

  • For example, if the radius is doubled, the resistance is 1/16 as much
blood flow vessel diameter and velocity
Blood Flow, Vessel Diameter and Velocity
  • As diameter of vessels increases, the total cross-sectional area increases and velocity of blood flow decreases
blood flow cross sectional area
Blood Flow & Cross-Sectional Area
  • At the capillary bed:
    • Vessel diameter decreases, but number of vessels increase
    • Total cross-sectional area increases
    • Velocity slows down so that capillaries can unload O2 and nutrients
vascular tree
Vascular Tree
  • Closed system of vessels consists of:
    • Arteries - carry blood away from heart to tissues
    • Arterioles - smaller branches of arteries
    • Capillaries
      • Smaller branches of arterioles
      • Smallest of vessels across which all exchanges are made with surrounding cells
    • Venules
      • Formed when capillaries rejoin
      • Return blood to heart
    • Veins
      • Formed when venules merge
      • Return blood to heart
structure of blood vessels
Structure of Blood Vessels
  • Artery walls are thicker than that of veins and have narrower lumens
    • Walls must withstand high pressures
    • Thick layer of smooth muscle in tunica media controls flow and pressure
  • Arteries and arterioles have more elastic and collagen Fibers
    • Remain open and can spring back in shape
    • Pressure in the arteries fluctuates due to cardiac systole and diastole
  • Veins have larger lumens Vein walls are thinner than arteries, have larger lumens and have valves
    • Thin walls provide compliance - blood volume reservoir
    • Blood pressure is much lower in veins than in arteries
    • Valves prevent backflow of blood
  • Capillaries have verysmall diameters (many are only large enough for only one RBC at a time pass through)
    • Composed only of basal lamina and endothelium
    • Thin walls allow for gas, nutrient, waste exchange between blood and tissue cells.

Figure 21.2

role of arteries
Role of Arteries
  • Elastic or conducting arteries
    • Largest diameters, pressure high and fluctuates
    • Pressure Resevoir
    • Elastic recoil propels blood after systole
  • Muscular or medium arteries
    • Smooth muscle allows vessels to regulate blood supply by constricting or dilating
role of arterioles
Role of Arterioles
  • Transport blood from small arteries to capillaries
  • Controls the amount of resistance
  • Greatest drop in pressure occurs in arterioles which regulate blood flow through tissues
  • No large fluctuations in capillaries and veins
blood pressure
Blood Pressure
  • Force exerted by blood against a vessel wall
    • Depends on
      • Volume of blood forced into the vessel
      • Compliance (distensibility) of vessel walls
  • Systolic pressure
    • Peak pressure exerted by ejected blood against vessel walls during cardiac systole
    • Averages 120 mm Hg
  • Diastolic pressure
    • Minimum pressure in arteries when blood is draining off into vessels downstream
    • Averages 80 mm Hg
arterial blood pressure
Arterial Blood Pressure
  • Blood pressure in elastic arteries near the heart is pulsatile (BP rises and falls)
  • Pulse pressure – the difference between systolic and diastolic pressure
  • Mean arterial pressure (MAP) – pressure that propels the blood to the tissues
  • MAP = diastolic pressure + 1/3 pulse pressure
blood pressure measurement
Blood Pressure Measurement
  • Critical closing pressure
    • Pressure at which a blood vessel collapses and blood flow stops
  • Laplace’s Law
    • Force acting on blood vessel wall is proportional to diameter of the vessel times blood pressure
measurement of bp
Measurement of BP
  • Blood pressure cuff is inflated above systolic pressure, occluding the artery.
  • As cuff pressure is lowered, the blood will flow only when systolic pressure is above cuff pressure, producing the sounds of Korotkoff.
  • Korotkoff sounds will be heard until cuff pressure equals diastolic pressure, causing the sounds to disappear.
measurement of blood pressure cont
Measurement of Blood Pressure (cont.)
  • Different phases in measurement of blood pressure are identified on the basis of the quality of the Korotkoff sounds.
  • Average arterial BP is 120/80 mm Hg.
  • Average pulmonary BP is 22/8 mm Hg.
pulse pressure
Pulse Pressure
  • Difference between systolic and diastolic pressures
  • Increases when stroke volume increases or vascular compliance decreases
  • Pulse pressure can be used to take a pulse to determine heart rate and rhythmicity
effect of gravity on blood pressure
Effect of Gravity on Blood Pressure
  • Effect of Gravity - In a standing position, hydrostatic pressure caused by gravity increases blood pressure below the heart and decreases pressure above the heart
role of veins
Role of Veins
  • Veins have much lower blood pressure and thinner walls than arteries
  • To return blood to the heart, veins have special adaptations
    • Large-diameter lumens, which offer little resistance to flow
    • Valves (resembling semilunar heart valves), which prevent backflow of blood
venous blood pressure
Venous Blood Pressure
  • Venous BP is steady and changes little during the cardiac cycle
  • The pressure gradient in the venous system is only about 20 mm Hg
  • Veins have thinner walls, thus higher compliance.
  • Vascular compliance
    • Tendency for blood vessel volume to increase as blood pressure increases
    • More easily the vessel wall stretches, the greater its compliance
    • Venous system has a large compliance and acts as a blood reservoir
  • Capacitance vessels - 2/3 blood volume is in veins.
venous return
Venous Return
  • Venous pressure is driving force for return of blood to the heart.
  • EDV, SV, and CO are controlled by factors which affect venous return
factors aiding venous return
Factors Aiding Venous Return
  • Venous BP alone is too low to promote adequate blood return and is aided by the:
    • Respiratory “pump” – pressure changes created during breathing squeeze local veins
    • Muscular “pump” – contraction of skeletal muscles push blood toward the heart
  • Valves prevent backflow during venous return
capillary network
Capillary Network
  • Blood flows from arterioles through metarterioles, then through capillary network
  • Venules drain network
  • Smooth muscle in arterioles, metarterioles, precapillary sphincters regulates blood flow
  • Capillary wall consists mostly of endothelial cells
  • Types classified by diameter/permeability
    • Continuous do not have fenestrae
    • Fenestrated have pores
organization of a capillary bed
Organization of a Capillary Bed
  • True capillaries – exchange vessels
    • Oxygen and nutrients cross to cells
    • Carbon dioxide and metabolic waste products cross into blood
  • Atriovenous anastomosis – vascular shunt, directly connects an arteriole to a venule

Figure 21.5a, b

capillary exchange and interstitial fluid volume regulation
Capillary Exchange andInterstitial Fluid Volume Regulation
  • Blood pressure, capillary permeability, and osmosis affect movement of fluid from capillaries
  • A net movement of fluid occurs from blood plasma into tissues – bulk flow
  • Fluid gained by tissues is removed by lymphatic system
diffusion at capillary beds
Diffusion at Capillary Beds
  • Distribution of ECF between plasma and interstitial compartments
    • Is in state of dynamic equilibrium.
    • Balance between tissue fluid and blood plasma.
  • Hydrostatic pressure:
    • Exerted against the inner capillary wall.
    • Promotes formation of tissue fluid.
    • Net filtration pressure
  • Colloid osmotic pressure:
    • Exerted by plasma proteins.
    • Promotes fluid reabsorption into circulatory system.
fluid exchange between capillaries tissues bulk flow
Fluid Exchange Between Capillaries & Tissues – Bulk Flow
  • Starling force=(Pc + π i) + (Pi + π p)
    • Arterial end
      • Pc = Hydrostatic pressure in the capillary = 33mmHg
      • π i = Colloid osmotic pressure of the interstitial fluid = 20 mmHg
      • Net pressure on arterial side +13mmHg (out of capillary)
    • Venous side

Pi = Hydrostatic pressure in the the interstitial fluid = 13 mmHg

      • π p = Colloid osmotic pressure of the blood plasma. = -20 mmHg
      • Net pressure on venous side -7mmHg (back into capillary)
  • Starling force = 13mmHg + -7 = 6mmHg
lymphatic system
Lymphatic System
  • Extensive network of one-way vessels
  • Provides accessory route by which fluid can be returned from interstitial to the blood
  • Initial lymphatics
    • Small, blind-ended terminal lymph vessels
    • Permeate almost every tissue of the body
  • Lymph
    • Interstitial fluid that enters a lymphatic vessel
  • Lymph vessels
    • Formed from convergence of initial lymphatics
    • Eventually empty into venous system near where blood enters right atrium
    • One way valves spaced at intervals direct flow of lymph toward venous outlet in chest
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Lymphatic System
  • Functions
    • Return of excess filtered fluid – 3L/day
    • Defense against disease
      • Lymph nodes have phagocytes which destroy bacteria filtered from interstitial fluid
    • Transport of absorbed fat
    • Return of filtered protein
regulation of blood flow
Regulation of Blood Flow
  • Intrinsic - local autoregulation
    • In most tissues blood flow is proportional to metabolic needs of tissues
  • Extrinsic
    • Nervous System - responsible for routing blood flow and maintaining blood pressure
    • Hormonal Control - sympathetic action potentials stimulate epinephrine and norepinephrine
intrinsic regulation of blood flow autoregulation
Intrinsic Regulation of Blood Flow (Autoregulation)
  • Blood flow can increase 7-8 times as a result of vasodilation of metarterioles and precapillary sphincters
    • Response to increased rate of metabolism
    • Intrinsic receptors sense chemical changes in environment
    • Vasodilator substances produced as metabolism increases
      • Decreased 02:
      • Increased C02:
      • Decreased pH - Lactic acid.
      • Increased adenosine/K+ from tissue cells
intrinsic local regulation autoregulation of blood flow
Intrinsic local Regulation (Autoregulation) of Blood Flow
  • Myogenic control mechanism:
    • Occurs because of the stretch of the vascular smooth muscle - maintains adequate flow.
      • A decrease in systemic arterial pressure causes vessels to dilate.
      • A increase in systemic arterial pressure causes vessels to contract
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Intrinsic Regulation of Blood Flow (Autoregulation)
  • Endothelium secretions:
    • Nitric Oxide - Vasodilation
      • NO diffuses into smooth muscle:
      • Activates cGMP (2nd messenger).
    • Endothelin-1 – vasoconstriction
  • Histamine release
  • Heat/cold application
extrinsic regulation of blood flow
Extrinsic Regulation of Blood Flow
  • Sympathoadrenal
    • Increase cardiac output
    • Increase TPR: Alpha-adrenergic stimulation - vasoconstriction of arteries in skin and viscera
  • Parasympathetic
    • Parasympathetic innervation limited, less important than sympathetic nervous system in control of TPR.
    • Parasympathetic endings in arterioles promote vasodilation to the digestive tract, external genitalia, and salivary glands
blood pressure bp regulation
Blood Pressure (BP) Regulation
  • Pressure of arterial blood is regulated by blood volume, TPR, and cardiac rate.
    • MAP=CO  TPR
  • Arteriole resistance is greatest because they have the smallest diameter.
  • Capillary BP is reduced because of the total cross-sectional area.
  • 3 most important variables are HR, SV, and TPR.
    • Increase in each of these will result in an increase in BP.
  • BP can be regulated by:
    • Kidney and sympathoadrenal system
short term regulation of blood pressure
Short-Term Regulation ofBlood Pressure
  • Baroreceptor reflexes
    • Change peripheral resistance, heart rate, and stroke volume in response to changes in blood pressure
  • Chemoreceptor reflexes
    • Sensory receptors sensitive to oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pH levels of blood
  • Central nervous system ischemic response
    • Results from high carbon dioxide or low pH levels in medulla and increases peripheral resistance
long term regulation of blood pressure
Long-Term Regulation of Blood Pressure
  • Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone mechanism
  • Vasopressin (ADH) mechanism
  • Atrial natriuretic mechanism
  • Fluid shift mechanism
  • Stress-relaxation response
regulation by adh vasopressin
Regulation by ADH (Vasopressin)
  • Released by posterior pituitary when osmoreceptors detect an increase in plasma osmolality.
  • Dehydration or excess salt intake:
    • Produces sensation of thirst.
    • Stimulates H20 reabsorption from urine.
atrial natriuretic peptide anp
Atrial Natriuretic Peptide (ANP)
  • Produced by the atria of the heart.
  • Stretch of atria stimulates production of ANP.
    • Antagonistic to aldosterone and angiotensin II.
    • Promotes Na+ and H20 excretion in the urine by the kidney.
    • Promotes vasodilation.
cerebral circulation
Cerebral Circulation
  • Cerebral blood flow is not normally influenced by sympathetic nerve activity.
  • Normal range of arterial pressures:
    • Cerebral blood flow regulated almost exclusively by intrinsic mechanisms:
      • Myogenic:
        • Dilate in response to decreased pressure.
        • Cerebral arteries also sensitive to [C02].
          • Dilate due to decreased pH of cerebrospinal fluid.
      • Metabolic:
        • Sensitive to changes in metabolic activity.
          • Areas of brain with high metabolic activity receive most blood.
          • May be caused by [K+].