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What factors determine heat production?


-muscle activity


-NE and epi

-increased cellular chemical activity

-extra metabolism for digestion, absorption, and food storage


What is malignant hyperthermia?

-heat production is far greater than heat dissipation

-due to genetic abnormalities in the ryanodine receptors in skeletal muscle which leads to excess release of Ca, leading to prolonged excitation-contraction coupling

-triggered by anesthetics


What are the factors that determine rate of heat loss?

-how rapidly heat can be conducted from body core to skin

-how rapidly heat can be transferred from skin to surroundings

-small amount of heat is transferred via the respiratory system


Explain how heat is transferred from skin to environment.

-skin and subQ act as heat insulators

-continuous venous plexus in subQ is supplied by inflow of blood from capillaries from dermis

-rate of blood flow into the plexus can be as great as 30% of total cardiac output

-8x increase in conductance between fully vasoconstricted state to fully vasodilaters state

-vasoconstriction is controlled almost entirely by sympathetic system in responses to core temperature and environmental temperature


What is heat conduction of the skin controlled by?

-degree of vasoconstriction of arterioles and the arteriovenous anastomosis that supply blood to the venous plexus of the skin


What are the three methods heat is removed from the body?





How is radiation lost?

-loss in the form of infrared heat rays

-radiated by all objects not at absolute zero

-if temp of body is greater than ambient temp, more heat is radiated from the body than to the body


How is conduction lost from the body?

-kinetic energy of the molecules of the skin is transferred to the air if the air is colder than the skin


How does convection work?

-removal of heat from the body by convection air currents


Low velocity has a cooling effect proportional to ______________.

The square root of the wind velocity


What has a greater specific heat, water or air? What does this mean?


-rate of heat loss in water is usually many times greater than the rate of heart loss in the air

-for each gram of water evaporated from body, 0.58 calories of heat is lost


What is insensible perspiration?

-occurs at a rate of 600-700 mL/day

-causes a continual heat loss at a rate of 16-19 calories/day


Percentage of heat lost and method of loss

-evaporation (22%)

-radiation (60%)

-conduction to air (15%)

-conduction to objects (3%)


What is radiation in terms of heat transfer?

-thermal energy transferred to objects in the external environment

-amount transferred depends on temp difference and ability of object to absorb energy


What is conduction in terms of heat transfer?

-transfer of energy from one body to another when they are in close contact


What is convection in terms of heat transfer?

-heat is transferred between two objects by air or water


What is evaporation?

Heat is dissipated by the use of thermal energy to cause a change from fluid to gas


What stimulates sweating?

-stimulation of anterior hypothalamus- preoptic area in the brain electrically or by excess heat

-cholinergic sympathetic nerve fibers (muscarinic)

-circulating epi and NE


What is the composition of precursor secretion?

-similar to plasma without proteins

Na (142mEq/L)

Cl (104mEq/L)


What does strong stimulation of sweat glands do?

-large amounts of precursor secretion are formed

-ducts reabsorb only about half the NaCl

-concentrations of Na and Cl are about 50-60 mEq/L

-little water is reabsorbed


What are some of the differences between unacclimatized and acclimatized individuals when exposed to hot weather?

-unacclimatized person normally produces about 1 L sweat per hour

-person exposed to hot weather for 1-6 weeks may produce 2-3 L sweat/hr, increasing heat removal 10x
+due to changes in internal sweat gland cell


What are the principal areas of the brain that affect body temperature?

-anterior hypothalamic pre-optic area

-pre-optic area


What does the anterior pre-optic area contain? What do these do?

-heat sensitive neurons: increase firing rate 2-10x in response to a 10 degree C increase in body temp

-cold sensitive neurons: increase in firing rate when temp falls


What does heating of the pre-optic area cause?

-dilation of skin blood vessels over the entire body

-profuse sweating over the entire body

-inhibition of excess heat production


What are the three mechanisms to reduce body heat?

-vasodilation of skin blood vessels -> caused by inhibition of sympathetic centers in posterior hypothalamus that cause vasoconstriction


-decrease in heat production due to inhibition of shivering and thermogenesis


What are the three mechanisms to increase body heat?

-skin vasoconstriction


-increase in thermigenesis


What are methods of thermogenesis?


-metabolic pathways

-thyroxin secretion


Where is the primary motor area for shivering located? How does this area relate to the anterior hypothalamic preoptic area? Under what conditions is this area activated?

-dorsomedial portion of posterior hypothalamus

-normally inhibited by signals from heat center in anterior hypothalamic preoptic area

-excited by cold signals from skin and spinal cord


How does the dorsomedial of the posterior hypothalamus initiate shivering?

-when activated, transmits signals into lateral columns of spinal cord to anterior motor neurons -> alpha motor neurons and gamma neurons are activated

-nonrhythmical signals increase muscle tone of skeletal muscles throughout the body

-shivering begins when tone rises above a certain critical level

-may involve feedback oscillation of muscle spindle stretch reflex mechanism


What is chemical thermogenesis?

-increase in rate of cellular metabolism due to sympathetic stimulation or NE in blood