BLY 207 Chapter Notes - Chapter 5a: Mitral Valve, Respiratory Acidosis, Tricuspid Valve

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BLY 207
The circulatory system includes the cardiovascular system and the lymphatic system (the
lymphatic system is also part of the immune system).
The circulatory system helps maintain homeostasis via:
Transportation of materials within the body and removal of waste products (glucose,
oxygen, vitamins, minerals)
Defense against pathogens and foreign agents using the lymphatic system
Temperature regulation
o Body temperatures below 97F and above 104F can cause disorientation
o Temperature above 108F can cause convulsions and permanent cell damage
o If body temperature is elevated, peripheral blood vessels dilate and warm blood flows
to the surface of the body
Maintenance of acid/base balance
o The pH of extracellular fluids is maintained between very narrow limits - usually
between 7.35 and 7.45
o Alkalosis - elevation of body pH above 7.45
o Acidosis - pH below 7.35
Severe acidosis (pH below 7.0) causes:
CNS function deteriorates
Cardiac contractions grow weak and irregular
Peripheral vasodilation, caused by a damaged CNS, leads to hypotension
(low BP) and neurogenic shock
Potentially death
o Buffers are chemical components in the blood that help to correct a pH that is too
high or too low - this is done by:
protein buffer systems (hemoglobin)
carbonic acid-bicarbonate buffer system
the phosphate buffer system
o pH is also regulated by the kidneys and the lungs and deficiencies in these organs can
lead to metabolic acidosis (kidneys) or respiratory acidosis (lungs)
The cardiovascular system is a transport system consists of the heart, blood, and blood vessels.
Located in the thoracic cavity, directly behind the sternum
Divided into four chambers that are connected by valves
o Right Atrium - pumps to right ventricle
Connected to right ventricle by the tricuspid valve
o Right Ventricle - pumps to lungs
o Left Atrium - pumps to left ventricle
Connected to left ventricle by the bicuspid valve
o Left Ventricle - pumps to body
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