Human A&P exam 2 Flashcards

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  • The heart – a muscular double pump with two circuits:

Pulmonary circuit— takes blood to and from the lungs

Systemic circuit—vessels transport blood to and from body tissues

  • Atria (‘entranceway’)— receive blood from the pulmonary and systemic circuits
  • ventricles (‘hollow belly’)—the pumping chambers pumps blood around the two circuits


The Heart...

  • Heart pumps blood through 120,000 km (75,000 miles) of blood vessels (BVs)

–Beats 100,000 times/day or 35 million times/year

–Pumps 5 liters of blood/minute


Pulmonary and Systemic Circuits

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  • Pulmonary Circuit:

–Right side receives oxygen-poor blood from the body tissues

–Pumps this blood to the lungs

–Picks up oxygen and dispels CO2

  • Systemic Circuit:

–Left side receives oxygen-rich blood returning from the lungs

–Pumps this blood throughout the body

–Supplies O2 and nutrients to the body tissues


Location and Orientation within the Thorax

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  • Heart: hollow and cone-shaped

–About the size of your fist

  • Largest organ of the mediastinum (central compartment of the thoracic cavity)

–Located between the lungs

Apex lies to the left of the midline

Base is the broad posterior surface


Pericardium of the Heart—Coverings

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  • Pericardium—triple-layered sac that encloses the heart
  • Two primary layers

fibrous pericardium: strong layer of dense connective tissue

Serous pericardium: formed from two layers

  • parietal layer of the serous pericardium
  • Visceral layer of the serous pericardium
  • Pericardial cavity – between the primary layers

–Epithelial cells secrete lubricating serous fluid that reduces friction


Three Layers of the Heart Wall

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  • Epicardium
  • Myocardium
  • endocardium



  • outer layer of heart wall (and inner visceral layer of serous pericardium)

–Thin, transparent layer



  • middle layer of heart wall

–Cardiac muscle, responsible for pumping action



  • innermost, thin layer of heart wall

–Simple squamous epithelium

–Lines inside of the myocardium

–Covers heart valves and tendons attached to the valves

–Continuous with the epithelial lining of large blood vessels


Layers of the Pericardium and of the Heart Wall

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Arrangements of Cardiac Muscle Bundles

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  • Myocardium organized in crisscrossing bundles
  • Function to squeeze blood through the heart in the proper directions


Heart Chambers

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  • Right and left atria – superior chambers
  • Right and left ventricles – inferior chambers
  • Internal divisions – interventricular and interatrial septa


External Markings

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Coronary sulcus forms a crown encircling a boundary between atria and ventricles

–Anterior interventricular sulcus


Right Atrium

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  • Forms right border of heart: receives oxygen-poor blood returning from systemic circuit via veins

–Superior and inferior vena cava and coronary sinus


Right Ventricle

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  • Receives blood from right atrium through the tricuspid valve or right atrioventricular (AV) valve
  • Pumps blood into pulmonary circuit via pulmonary trunk

  • Internal walls of right ventricle
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Chordae tendineae: bands attached to cusps of right tricuspid valve

papillary muscles: attached to chordae tendineae


Pulmonary semilunar valve:

  • located at opening of right ventricle and pulmonary trunk


Left Atrium

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  • Makes up heart’s posterior surface: receives oxygen-rich blood returning from lungs

-Through two right and two left pulmonary veins

  • Opens into the left ventricle through the bicuspid or mitral valve (aka the left atrioventricular valve)


Left Ventricle

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  • Forms apex of the heart
  • Internal walls of left ventricle

Chordae tendineae: attached to cusps of left mitral valve

Papillary muscles

  • Superiorly opens into the aorta

–Pumps blood through systemic circuit via aortic semilunar valve (aortic valve)


Heart Valves—Valve Structure

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  • Paired atrioventricular (AV) and semilunar valves enforce one-way flow of blood through the heart

–Designed to prevent back flow in response to pressure changes in the heart chambers

  • Each valve

–Two or three cusps


Heart Valves—Valve Structure

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  • Atrioventricular (AV) valves lie between atria and ventricles

–Right tricuspid valve (3 cusps)

–left bicuspid valve (2 cusps)

  • Aortic and pulmonary (semilunar) valves lie at the junction of the ventricles and great arteries

–3 cusps


Heart Valves

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Function of the Atrioventricular (AV) Valves

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(a) AV valves open; atrial pressure greater than ventricular pressure


Function of the Atrioventricular (AV) Valves

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(a) AV valves open; atrial pressure greater than ventricular pressure


Function of the Atrioventricular (AV) Valves

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(a) AV valves open; atrial pressure greater than ventricular pressure

  • Ventricles relaxed --> valves forced open by blood pressure exerted on their atrial side


Function of the Atrioventricular (AV) Valves

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(b) AV valves closed; atrial pressure less than ventricular pressure


Function of the Atrioventricular (AV) Valves

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(b) AV valves closed; atrial pressure less than ventricular pressure


Function of the Atrioventricular (AV) Valves

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(b) AV valves closed; atrial pressure less than ventricular pressure

  • Contraction of ventricles force contained blood superiorly --> valves are pushed shut


Function of the Semilunar Valves

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  • Ventricular contraction

–Valves pushed open

–Cusps flattened against artery walls


Function of the Semilunar Valves

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  • Ventricular relaxation

–Back flowing blood closes valves


Pathway of Blood Through the Heart

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  • Beginning with oxygen-poor blood from the superior and inferior venae cavae (coronary sinus)

–Go through pulmonary and systemic circuits

–A drop of blood passes through all structures in sequence

  • Atria contract together
  • ventricles contract together


Blood flow through the heart.

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Structure of Heart Wall

  • Walls differ in thickness

atria—thin walls

Ventricles—thick walls

  • left ventricle generates more force and pumps blood at a higher pressure

–Systemic circuit longer than pulmonary circuit

–Offers greater resistanceto blood flow


Structure of Heart Wall

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  • Left ventricle
    three times thicker than right

–Exerts more pumping force

–Flattens right ventricle into a crescent shape


Cardiac Muscle Tissue

  • Forms a thick layer called myocardium – contains cardiac muscle cells and connective tissue

–Cardiac muscle cells

  • Short, branching, 1 or 2 nuclei
  • Cells joined at intercalated discs (complex junctions)
  • Striated like skeletal muscle


  • Pump blood through the heart and into blood vessels
  • Sliding filament mechanism


Cardiac Muscle Tissue

  • Intercalated discs – complex junctions between cardiac muscle cells - form cellular networks

–Adjacent cells interlock through meshing ‘fingers’

Fasciae adherens

  • Long junctions bind adjacent cells and transmit contractile force

Gap junctions

  • Allow ions to pass between cells, transmitting contractile signal to adjacent cells


Blood Supply to the Heart

  • Heart walls – too thick to obtain oxygen and nutrients from contained blood—heart needs those substances to beat!
  • Functional blood supply – coronary arteries

–Left and right coronary arteries

–Arise from the aorta

–Located in the coronary sulcus


Blood Supply to the Heart – Coronary Arteries

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Blood Supply to the Heart

  • Deoxygenated blood from heart wall

–Into right atrium

–Occupy sulci on the heart surface

  • Coronary sinus – Returns most venous blood from the heart to the right atrium


Blood Supply to the Heart – Cardiac Veins

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Blood Vessels

Delivery system of dynamic structures that begins and ends at heart

  • Arteries

Carry blood away from heart

Oxygenated except for pulmonary circulation & umbilical vessels of fetus

  • Capillaries

Contact tissue cells

Directly serve cellular needs

  • Veins

Carry blood toward heart

Deoxygenated except for pulmonary circulation


Generalized structure of arteries, veins, and capillaries

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Structure of Blood Vessels

Except for the smallest, composed of three layers (tunics)

Innermost -> outermost

  • Tunica intima: Endothelium lines lumen of all vessels

(simple squamous epithelium)

Smooth surface; Continuous with endocardium of heart

“Intimate” contact with blood

  • Tunica intima: sheets of smooth muscle & elastic fibers

Contraction causes vasocontriction (smaller vessel diameter)

Relaxation causes vasodilation (larger vessel diameter)

Influence blood flow and blood pressure

  • Tunica externa—composed of connective tissue

Contains many collagen and elastic fibers

Cells and fibers run longitudinally

Vasa vasorum (vessels to the vessels): tiny arteries, capillaries, veins


Generalized structure of arteries, veins, and capillaries

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Types of Arteries

  • Passage of blood through the arteries:

Elastic arteries --> Muscular arteries --> Arterioles


The relationship of blood vessels to each other and to lymphatic vessels

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Types of Arteries

  • Elastic Arteries
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  • elastin in all three tunics
  • Ex. aorta & its major branches
  • Large lumen = low resistance
  • Inactive in vasoconstriction
  • Act as pressure reservoirs—expand and recoil as blood ejected from heart


Types of Arteries

  • Muscular Arteries
  • Distal to elastic arteries
  • Deliver blood to body organs
  • thick tunica media with more smooth muscle
  • Active in vasoconstriction


Types of Arteries

  • Arterioles
  • smallest type of artery
  • Lead to capillary beds
  • Control flow into capillary beds via vasodilation and vasoconstriction



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smallest blood vessels – diameter from 8–10 µm

  • A single layer of endothelial cells surrounded by a basement membrane
  • Most important vessels
  • red blood cells pass through single file

Site-specific functions of capillaries

Lungs: oxygen enters blood, carbon dioxide leaves

Small intestines: receive digested nutrients

Endocrine glands: pick up hormones

Kidneys: removal of nitrogenous wastes


Capillary Permeability

  • Endothelial cells held together by tight junctions and desmosomes - block passage of small molecules

But junctions are incomplete…

  • Intercellular clefts: gaps of unjoined membrane

Passageway for small molecules to enter and exit

  • Fenestrations (pores): holes through endothelial cells

Increases permeability


Types of capillaries- based on structure:

  • Continuous: most common, lack pores

Found in most organs (skeletal muscle, lungs, skin, CNS)

  • Fenestrated: large pores; increasedpermeability

Occur where high exchange rates are needed (kidney, small intestines)

  • Sinusoids: many pors and clefts; most permeable

Occur in limited locations (liver, bone marrow, spleen)


1.Continuous capillaries

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1.Fenestrated capillaries

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1.Sinusoid capillaries (sinusoids)

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The relationship of blood vessels to each other and to lymphatic vessels.

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Capillary Beds

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  • Network of capillaries running through most tissues
  • Precapillary sphincters – regulate the flow of blood to tissues

Composed of smooth muscle cells

Regulated by local chemical conditions and vasomotor nerves



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Venules: smallest veins

Form when capillaries unite

  • Postcapillary venules: smallest venules
  • Venules join to form veins


Conduct blood from capillaries toward the heart

  • Range in size from 0.5mm to 3 cm (venae cavae)
  • Blood pressure is much lower than in arteries
  • Walls are thinner
  • lumen of a vein is larger

Capacitance vessels

i.e. blood reservoir

Contain up to 65% of blood supply


Vascular sinus


Veins: Adaptations for Blood Flow Return

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Large-diameter lumens offer little resistance

Venous valves prevent backflow of blood

  • Most abundant in veins of limbs

Venous sinus

  • Flattened veins with extremely thin walls
  • E.g., coronary sinus of the heart and dural sinuses of the brain
  • Collect blood


Circulatory Routes

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Parallel blood flow

Each organ receives its own supply of oxygenated blood

Two basic routes for blood flow:

  • Systemic circulation
  • Pulmonary circulation


Systemic Circulation

  • Carries oxygen and nutrients to body tissues
  • Removes carbon dioxide and other wastes and heat from the tissues
  • All systemic arteries branch from the aorta
  • All veins of systemic circulation drain into superior vena cava, inferior vena cava, or coronary sinus
  • The blood vessels are organized according to regions of the body


Major Arteries

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Major Veins of the Systemic Circulation

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Physiology of Circulation

  • Blood flow

volume of blood flowing through vessel, organ, or entire circulation in given period

  • Measured as ml/min
  • Equivalent to cardiac output (CO) for entire vascular system
  • Relatively constant when at rest
  • varies widely through individual organs, based on needs


Physiology of Circulation

  • Blood pressure (BP)
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blood pressure per unit area exerted on wall of blood vessel by blood

Measured as millimeters of Mercury (mm Hg)

Pressure gradient: blood moves from higher to lower pressure areas


Physiology of Circulation

  • resistance

Opposition to flow; generally in systemic circulation

Measure of amount of friction blood encounters with vessel walls


Physiology of Circulation

  • Three important sources of resistance


1.Blood viscosity

  • ¨The "stickiness" of blood due to formed elements and plasma proteins; Increased viscosity = increased resistance

2.Total blood vessel length

  • ¨Longer vessel =greater resistance encountered


3.Blood vessel diameter

  • ¨Constantly changing; important influence on resistance
  • ¨Smaller vessel diameter, high resistance
  • ¨large vessel diameter, less resistance


Relationship Between Blood Flow, Blood Pressure, and Resistance

Blood flow(F) directly proportional to blood pressure gradient (change in P)

  • If change in P increases ­, blood flow ­decreases

Blood flow inversely proportional to resistance (R)

  • If R increases ­, blood flow decreases

Resistance more important in influencing local blood flow

  • Easily changed by altering blood vessel diameter


Systemic Blood Pressure

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Blood Flow

  • Generated by pumping of heart

Blood flow opposed by resistance -->Pressure

Blood Pressure

  • highest in the aorta and declines throughout the pathway (0 mm Hg in the right atrium)

Arteries close to the heart are flexible and accommodate high volume


Arterial Blood Pressure

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systolic pressure: pressure exerted in aorta during contraction of left ventricle (systole)

  • Blood is forced into the aorta
  • Averages 120 mm Hg in normal adult

Diastolic pressure: lowest level of aortic pressure

  • When blood is prevented from flowing back into the ventricles by the closed semilunar valve (diastole, relaxing of ventricle)
  • 70–80 mm Hg