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What is the function of an artery, vein, or capillary?

Artery: pump blood at high pressures
Vein: collect blood at tissues and return it
Capillary: exchange materials


Describe arterial structure.

-Elastic tissue helps propel blood down artery
-Smooth muscle contraction in artery wall determines diameter of the lumen
-Small lumen-> higher pressure
-Thick walls


Describe a capillary

-Branch and rejoin repeatedly to form capillary networks which transport blood through almost all the body
-One layer of epithelium cells for rapid diffusion
-Very small


Describe the structure of a vein.

-Walls less thick. Fewer muscle fibres
-Oblong shape


Differentiate between systemic and pulmonary circulation.

-Pulmonary is to and from the lungs.
-Systemic is to and from other organs.


Outline one pass through the heart and body.

vena cavae-> right atrium-> right ventricle-> pulmonary artery-> lungs-> pulmonary veins-> left atrium-> left ventricle-> aorta-> rest of body


Outline how the SA node, AV node, and conducting fibres control the heartbeat

-SA node spontaneously initiates action potentials
-Gap junctions allow SA contraction to rapidly travel across entire atrium, causing systole.
-SA nodes reach AV node which spreads signal throughout the heart with purkinje fibres, causing the ventricles to undergo systole. Causes atrioventricular valves to close. Ventricles then empty and the semilunar valves close.
-Ventricles begin diastole, atrioventricular valves open and the ventricles fill with blood. Finally, all four chambers enter diastole and are filling. When they fill, the cycle restarts.


Outline detoxification in the liver.

-Hepatic portal vein brings deoxygenated blood from the main bodily organs to the liver, blood which carries various materials.
-Blood exchanges materials with hepatocytes for absorption and detoxification of its materials
-Non-continuous layer of epithelial cells allows for blood's direct contact with hepatocytes to make exchange faster.
-Kuppfer cells break down erythrocytes so that their materials can be recycled
-Hepatic vein carries away deoxygenated blood after exchange of materials to the heart.