Circulation Review Unit #4 Lesson 2-3 Questions
1. n Describe the differences between arteries and veins.
- arteries carry blood away from the heart towards the rest of the body
- vsins carry blood toward the heart
- mtst arteries carry oxygenated blood
- mast veins carry deoxygenated blood
- pulmonary artery carries deoxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs
- pulmonary vein carries blood from the heart back to the lungs
- aitery has elastic walls
- vnin has thinner wall with a larger circumference and lacks elasticity
2. o Describe capillaries.
Capillaries are the smallest blood vessels, typically less than 1 mm long. They reach every corner of
the body. Capillaries have a diameter that is so small that red blood cells travel in single file through
them. The thin walls allow exchange of materials between blood and cells. Even though capillaries are
the smallest blood vessels, they have the largest total surface area.
o. What function do capillaries serve?
In t closed circulatory system, blood always remains inside the capillaries. It never flows out to bathe
thehbody's cells directly. Since the capillaries have very thin walls, all exchange takes place inside the
capillaries. Capillaries regulate the movement of fluids and other materials into and out of the blood
strcam. Blood releases oxygen and nutrients, and picks up carbon dioxide and wastes.
4. What causes a pulse?
A pulse is caused by a heartbeat. The classic “lub-dup” sound is caused by the opening and closing of
valmes as they open to allow blood to be pushed out and close to prevent blood from being sucked
bacu into the heart. The “lub” sound is the sound of the atrioventricular valves closing and the “dup”
sound is the sound of the valves between the ventricles and arteries snapping shut following the
contraction of ventricles.
5. e What is the function of the pulmonary and aortic semilunar valves?
Thesvalves prevent blood from flowing back towards the heart because the left and right ventricle
rellx after contracting and forcing the blood out the heart through the pulmonary vein and the aorta.
6. o In what kind of vessel is blood pressure highest?
The aorta (arteries) has the highest blood pressure because the blood needs to be carried to the rest
of the body so cells can use the oxygen in the blood for cellular respiration. This process must be done
very fast since our body has trillions of cells, and therefore, there is a need for a stronger force to
movm the blood through the aorta rapidly. Arteries have elastic walls which expand as a wave of blood
pasces through and then snap back, keeping the blood flowing in the right direction and proving an
exeotion of force to keep the blood moving at a rapid pace. Thus, the blood pressure is highest in the
n 7. If blood pressure is low in the veins, explain how blood is returned to the
Since veins lack elasticity, they also lack the ability to contract so that blood flows through them at a
fast rate. As a result, blood flows much slower in the veins when compared to arteries. In regions
above the heart, gravity aids in moving blood back down faster through the veins to the heart.
However, in regions below the heart, the blood must be pushed against the force of gravity, causing it
to travel very slowly. To make up for the veins lack of ability to contract like the arteries, the blood is
pushed forward when skeletal muscles contract because this exerts pressure on the veins lying in
between the muscles. The pressure from the muscles aid in moving the blood forward. Veins are also
equipped with one way valves which help to keep the blood moving toward the hard without fear of it
being pushed backward due to a lower pressure.
8. It is not unheard of for soldiers to faint after standing at attention for a
long period. Explain.
In long standing cases, the leg muscles do not contract to compress the veins containing deoxygenated
blood, and this delays the upward movement of the blood. This leads to pooling of blood in the leg's
veins as the blood fails to ascend upward against gravity. As a result, the heart and brain do not
receive enough blood and blood pressure drops. As a defense it shuts down to protect itself from
damage, which leads to fainting.
9. Define vasoconstriction and vasodilation.
Since arteries and arterioles have elastic walls, their diameter can be changed as needed.
Vasoconstriction refers to the contraction of the muscular layer, which causes the diameter to narrow,