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What is the difference between serum and plasma?

Plasma = fluid collected from unclotted blood
Serum = fluid collected from clotted blood

Serum = plasma - clotting factors (esp fibrinogen)


What is peripheral resistance? How does it increase/decrease?

The resistance of arteries to blood flow.
- increases as arteries constrict
- decreases as arteries dilate


What causes increased whole blood viscosity?

1. Marked increase in plasma viscosity
2. Increase in red blood cells (polycythaemia), leukocytes (leukaemia) or platelets (thrombocythaemia)


What is the result of increased whole blood viscosity?

Sludging of blood in peripheries.


What is the commonest cause for marked increase in plasma viscosity?

Multiple myeloma (cancer of plasma cells - increased immunoglobulins)


How can the inflammatory response be measured in blood?

Inflammation increases concentration of acute phase plasma proteins (e.g. Fibrinogen, complement factors and C-reactive protein), causing MINOR changes in plasma viscosity.

So measure C-reactive protein (CRP) to assess inflammation.


What is the difference between laminar and turbulent blood flow?

- Laminar = blood flows in streamlines with each layer of blood remaining the same distance from the wall.

- Turbulent = blood flows in all directions in the vessel, and is continually mixing.


What type of blood flow is usually present in vessels?



Where is blood velocity greatest in laminar flow?

Greater in vessel centre than in periphery due to friction of vessel walls (creates a parabolic profile).


What might cause turbulent blood flow?

1. Rate of blood flow becomes too great (e.g. Increased chronotropy in anaemia)
2. When blood passes by a vessel obstruction (occlusion)
3. When blood makes a sharp turn
4. When blood passes over rough surface (atheroma - porridge)
5. Increases resistance to blood flow (stenosis)


What is the difference between blood flow and velocity?

Blood flow = volume of blood moving per unit time (e.g. L/hr)

Blood velocity = distance traveled by blood per unit time


What is the relationship between blood flow and velocity?

Flow = mean velocity x cross-sectional area of the vessel


How does blood velocity change according to total cross-sectional area? What is the implications of this in capillaries?

Blood velocity varies inversely with total cross-sectional area of blood vessels: velocity decreases as total area increases.

Velocity is slowest in capillaries, allowing time for gas and nutrient exchange.


How does blood flow change according to vessel diameter?

As vessel diameter decreases, resistance increases and blood flow decreases.


What is the effect of obstruction/stenosis on blood flow and velocity?

Decreases flow but increases velocity.


What is the effect of 2 or more stenoses in 1 blood vessel?

Completely inhibits blood flow as each stenosis reduces flow.


How can a vessel stenosis cause an aneurysm?

Stenosis increases blood velocity... causes blood vessel damage... causes post-stenotic dilation... aneurysm.


What is the terminology for the feel and sound cause by a stenosis?

Thrill (feel)
Bruit (sound in peripheral artery)
Murmur (sound across valve)


Why is it harder to feel a pulse in the elderly?

Calcification of arterial tree due to ageing reduces compliance of vessel.


How does arterial blood velocity change during systole and diastole?

Positive peak during systole, reaching 0 again by start of diastole. Negative during diastole.


Why might there be a small increase in arterial blood velocity during diastole?

Retrograde flow in the arterial system can occur when peripheral resistance is high.


How does blood pressure change during systole and diastole?

Peak in blood pressure during systole: anacrotic limb and start of dicrotic limb. Systole ends at dicrotic notch (closing of aortic valve).
Continued decrease in pressure in diastole (end of dicrotic limb).


What is mean arterial pressure represented by on a blood pressure trace?

Area under the curve


What is 'pulse'?

Rhythmic expansion of an artery caused by ejection of blood from the ventricle.

What we feel is a shock wave that arrives slightly before the blood itself.


What is pulse pressure and how is it measured?

Pulse pressure = peak systolic pressure - end diastolic pressure

Because of the way we measure BP with a sphygomanometer: pulse pressure = systolic pressure - diastolic pressure.
So most commonly, pulse pressure is 120 mmHg - 80 mmHg = 40 mmHg


How can mean arterial pressure be estimated?

Mean arterial pressure = diastolic pressure + 1/3 pulse pressure.


What is the value of mean arterial pressure most commonly?

80 mmHg + 13 mmHg = 93 mmHg


At which point is MAP too low and what is the consequence of this?

If MAP falls below 70 mmHg then organ perfusion is impaired.


What is the strength (volume) of the pulse mainly determined by?

1. Force with which the left ventricle is able to eject blood into the arterial system and thus develop a normal shock wave.
2. The pulse pressure: the greater the pulse pressure, the stronger the pulse.


How is a weak or a strong pulse described?

'Thready' or 'bounding'