<< Chapter < Page Chapter >> Page >

Systemic arteries

This diagrams shows the major arteries in the human body.
The major systemic arteries shown here deliver oxygenated blood throughout the body.

The aorta

The aorta    is the largest artery in the body ( [link] ). It arises from the left ventricle and eventually descends to the abdominal region, where it bifurcates at the level of the fourth lumbar vertebra into the two common iliac arteries. The aorta consists of the ascending aorta, the aortic arch, and the descending aorta, which passes through the diaphragm and a landmark that divides into the superior thoracic and inferior abdominal components. Arteries originating from the aorta ultimately distribute blood to virtually all tissues of the body. At the base of the aorta is the aortic semilunar valve that prevents backflow of blood into the left ventricle while the heart is relaxing. After exiting the heart, the ascending aorta    moves in a superior direction for approximately 5 cm and ends at the sternal angle. Following this ascent, it reverses direction, forming a graceful arc to the left, called the aortic arch    . The aortic arch descends toward the inferior portions of the body and ends at the level of the intervertebral disk between the fourth and fifth thoracic vertebrae. Beyond this point, the descending aorta    continues close to the bodies of the vertebrae and passes through an opening in the diaphragm known as the aortic hiatus    . Superior to the diaphragm, the aorta is called the thoracic aorta    , and inferior to the diaphragm, it is called the abdominal aorta    . The abdominal aorta terminates when it bifurcates into the two common iliac arteries at the level of the fourth lumbar vertebra. See [link] for an illustration of the ascending aorta, the aortic arch, and the initial segment of the descending aorta plus major branches; [link] summarizes the structures of the aorta.

Aorta

This diagram shows the aorta and the major parts are labeled.
The aorta has distinct regions, including the ascending aorta, aortic arch, and the descending aorta, which includes the thoracic and abdominal regions.
Components of the Aorta
Vessel Description
Aorta Largest artery in the body, originating from the left ventricle and descending to the abdominal region, where it bifurcates into the common iliac arteries at the level of the fourth lumbar vertebra; arteries originating from the aorta distribute blood to virtually all tissues of the body
Ascending aorta Initial portion of the aorta, rising superiorly from the left ventricle for a distance of approximately 5 cm
Aortic arch Graceful arc to the left that connects the ascending aorta to the descending aorta; ends at the intervertebral disk between the fourth and fifth thoracic vertebrae
Descending aorta Portion of the aorta that continues inferiorly past the end of the aortic arch; subdivided into the thoracic aorta and the abdominal aorta
Thoracic aorta Portion of the descending aorta superior to the aortic hiatus
Abdominal aorta Portion of the aorta inferior to the aortic hiatus and superior to the common iliac arteries

Coronary circulation

The first vessels that branch from the ascending aorta are the paired coronary arteries (see [link] ), which arise from two of the three sinuses in the ascending aorta just superior to the aortic semilunar valve. These sinuses contain the aortic baroreceptors and chemoreceptors critical to maintain cardiac function. The left coronary artery arises from the left posterior aortic sinus. The right coronary artery arises from the anterior aortic sinus. Normally, the right posterior aortic sinus does not give rise to a vessel.

Questions & Answers

I learned that anatomy is the study of the human structure. the smaller ones can be observed by the assistance of a microscope
Hawa Reply
what are the disciplines of anatomy
Bint Reply
what is the difference between anatomy and physiology
Addai Reply
the structure of human body the function of human body
Addai
anatomy is study of structure off the body and physioly is the study off function of body eg git
Dr
study of structure of the human body and study of function off the body eg git
Dr
nice 👍
qaseh
what does anatomy deal with
Kigani
anatomy deala with study of human structure eg human skeltal syatem
Dr
explain proximal in terms of anatomy body planes and give examples
Kwasi
don't know
Addai
anyone here MLT
Hussain
anatomy is the study structure of the human body. physiology is the study of function and mechanism of the body
Hamdi
I don't get the consent wrll
Joana Reply
sorry
Dawood
what's pathology
SABINA Reply
the science of the causes and effects of diseases
Emmi
yes dear you right
Tabish
ryt
Hussain
is the study of the abnormalities and how they affect body functions often causing illness
Frimpong
type of anatomy
yuns
what are cells
Mwenya
Cells are the basic structural and functional unit of all living organisms which they exist from pre-existing cells that self replicate on their own.
Tantoh
Cell is the structural , Function and heritability unit of life .
Juna
What is the function of liver
Sagir
liver helps in detoxification of toxic substances in our body and metabolism of drugs
sai
what is septum sacroti
Soul
What drugs use to treat liver diseases
Sagir
like ursodioxycholic acid
sai
liver disease medications depend on the type of liver disease..cirrhosis of the liver, no alcoholic liver disease, hep b, hep c.
Maria
what causes thyphoid
casmir
Maria what is carcinoma
Soul
What is ursodioxycholic acid
Sagir
No alcoholic liver diseases and help b, help c
Sagir
carcinoma is a type of cancer. it starts in the tissue lining the organs such as the liver or kidneys
Maria
describe the urine formation
Sarah Reply
Body water
Kashif
the urine formation is described as the wrist fluid that comes out of body
Hellen
glomerular filtration, reabsorption, secretion.
Maria
nice
Hussain
good Hellen kehn
Dr
is it wast fluids or wrist?
Baldwin
how many bones does human have?
Akech
Good
Opeyemi
206
Emmi
about the urine formation Baldwin asked that is it wast fluid or wrist that comes out from the body
Frimpong
waste fluids.. Tubular Reabsorption: Glucose, Amino acids, Proteins, Vitamins, Lactate, Urea, Uric acid, NA+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, Cl-, HCO3-, H20 Tubular Secretions: Urea, Uric acids, Creatinine, H+, NH4+, K+ Each different section of the Nephron has a different mineral that absorbs or secrets
Emmi
thank you Emmi
Baldwin
No problem, Happy to help.. I have a photo of exactly which area does what but I don't think I can attach on this platform..
Emmi
***socratic.org/questions/how-is-urine-produced-in-the-kidneys On this web page if you stroll down, there is a picture describing it. its my favorite diagram. Very clear and informative
Emmi
how can we access another platform to share more information
Baldwin
if you copy and paste that url.. it'll take you to the website I mentioned
Emmi
done.....
Baldwin
define what is a port of entry for microorganisms?
Baldwin
A port of entry is specific to that microorganism. for example, a bacterial infection of the urinary tract would have the vaginal area as the port of entry.
Emmi
droplets from one person to another is one 👍
Maria
or you can say that a viral microbe/flu would have a port of entry through the nasal cavity, mouth, or eyes because it is part of the respiratory system.
Emmi
in children more then 206 and in young man 206
Dr
emmi,you losing me .,. please make me clear on the question👆
Baldwin
nice Emmi
Hussain
children have 300
Alem
is female circumcision possible
Soul
noo, there is no possibility for circumcision in females
sai
Carcinoma is abnormal division of cells in the body without control
DECONS
female circumcision is technically considered a human rights violation and done in some countries where they partially remove the external female genitalia.
Maria
then again tubal ligation, I believe is like female circumcision. they tie or burn your tubes and you won't be able to have kiddos. so yes, its possible.
Maria
ok and so I mean not having kids .just kidding there I'm going to sleep.
Maria
Maria madam thank you for sharing this information
Soul
hello
Dawood
what is single cell
Jimmy Reply
A unicellular organism, also known as a single-celled organism, is an organism that consists of a single cell, unlike a multicellular organism that consists of multiple cells. ... Many eukaryotes are multicellular, but many are unicellular such as protozoa, unicellular algae, and unicellular fungi.
Noor
Why is important to check if the blood if compatible before transfusion ?
Kelvin Reply
to avoid cases of intravenous clupping in blood which can be fatal....bcos blood is incopartable
John
Thank you.good answer
Kelvin
what are the clinical significant of thyroid gland
Jennifer Reply
what is a metabolism?
Kheth Reply
Metabolism is the sum total of all the chemical processes in the body. It is divided into an anabolic(building up) and catabolic(breaking down) metabolism)
Jonas
Oh ok
King
sir what is constructive and destructive metabolism
Soul
is anyone
Soul
Describe the system s that maintain the internal environment of a human body
Nora Reply
an organism is a living being that had a cellular structure and that can independently perform all physiological functions needed for life.
Nwecho Reply
a tissue is a group of similar cells that work together to perform a particular function
Nwecho
chemical level, cellular level, tissue level, organs level, organ systems, organisms
Nwecho Reply
they're reproduction but also produces hormones dus they're endocrine system
Nwecho
cells are smallest independent functional unit of a living organism
Nwecho
an organ is an anatomically distinct structure of the body composed of two or more tissue
Nwecho
an organ system is a group of organs that work together to perform a major function.
Nwecho
Structural Organization of the human body.
Tammy
very good
quophy
What is a cavity
Isaac Reply
Permanently damaged areas in teeth that develop into tiny holes
MASLAH
what is meant by epithelial tissue
Zahid
What is the difference between regional anatomy and systematic anatomy?
Andrew Reply
Regional anatomy is the study of the interrelationships of all of the structures in a specific body region, such as the abdomen. ... In contrast, systemic anatomy is the study of the structures that make up a discrete body system—that is, a group of structures that work together to perform a unique
Tammy
Pls is that all
Petra
regional anatomy studies structures that contribute to specific body region example the thoracic region while systematic anatomy studies structures that contribute to specific body systems example respiratory system
Nwecho

Get Jobilize Job Search Mobile App in your pocket Now!

Get it on Google Play




Source:  OpenStax, Anatomy & Physiology. OpenStax CNX. Feb 04, 2016 Download for free at http://legacy.cnx.org/content/col11496/1.8
Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.

Notification Switch

Would you like to follow the 'Anatomy & Physiology' conversation and receive update notifications?

Ask