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Venous system

The pumping action of the heart propels the blood into the arteries, from an area of higher pressure toward an area of lower pressure. If blood is to flow from the veins back into the heart, the pressure in the veins must be greater than the pressure in the atria of the heart. Two factors help maintain this pressure gradient between the veins and the heart. First, the pressure in the atria during diastole is very low, often approaching zero when the atria are relaxed (atrial diastole). Second, two physiologic “pumps” increase pressure in the venous system. The use of the term “pump” implies a physical device that speeds flow. These physiological pumps are less obvious.

Skeletal muscle pump

In many body regions, the pressure within the veins can be increased by the contraction of the surrounding skeletal muscle. This mechanism, known as the skeletal muscle pump    ( [link] ), helps the lower-pressure veins counteract the force of gravity, increasing pressure to move blood back to the heart. As leg muscles contract, for example during walking or running, they exert pressure on nearby veins with their numerous one-way valves. This increased pressure causes blood to flow upward, opening valves superior to the contracting muscles so blood flows through. Simultaneously, valves inferior to the contracting muscles close; thus, blood should not seep back downward toward the feet. Military recruits are trained to flex their legs slightly while standing at attention for prolonged periods. Failure to do so may allow blood to pool in the lower limbs rather than returning to the heart. Consequently, the brain will not receive enough oxygenated blood, and the individual may lose consciousness.

Skeletal muscle pump

The left panel shows the structure of a skeletal muscle vein pump when the muscle is relaxed, and the right panel shows the structure of a skeletal muscle vein pump when the muscle is contracted.
The contraction of skeletal muscles surrounding a vein compresses the blood and increases the pressure in that area. This action forces blood closer to the heart where venous pressure is lower. Note the importance of the one-way valves to assure that blood flows only in the proper direction.

Respiratory pump

The respiratory pump    aids blood flow through the veins of the thorax and abdomen. During inhalation, the volume of the thorax increases, largely through the contraction of the diaphragm, which moves downward and compresses the abdominal cavity. The elevation of the chest caused by the contraction of the external intercostal muscles also contributes to the increased volume of the thorax. The volume increase causes air pressure within the thorax to decrease, allowing us to inhale. Additionally, as air pressure within the thorax drops, blood pressure in the thoracic veins also decreases, falling below the pressure in the abdominal veins. This causes blood to flow along its pressure gradient from veins outside the thorax, where pressure is higher, into the thoracic region, where pressure is now lower. This in turn promotes the return of blood from the thoracic veins to the atria. During exhalation, when air pressure increases within the thoracic cavity, pressure in the thoracic veins increases, speeding blood flow into the heart while valves in the veins prevent blood from flowing backward from the thoracic and abdominal veins.

Questions & Answers

where is heart located
medical Reply
thoracic cavity
Ashley
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Noor
between which line
medical
where is the thorax located at?
angel
heart located between T5-T8
Biplav
thorax is the area between the base of neck to the diaphragm
Biplav
The heart is placed Obliquely behind the body of the sternum and adjoining part of the costal cartilages, so that 1/3 of its lies to the right and 2/3 to the left of the median plane
Manisha
The heart lies in the thoracic cavity in the mediastinum (the space between the lungs) . It lies obliquely, a little more to the left than the right. Presents the base above and the apex below. The apex is 9cm to the left of the midline at the level of the 5th intercostal space
Bashraba
why does a person's complexion change when he relocates to another cold environment & tends to become more light skinned, does this mean the distribution of melanin to the surface of the skin changes ?
Ferrel Reply
what is Aponeurosis
Komolika Reply
aponerosis is modifications of deep fascia of the skin.. it generally covers the muscles Or tendons within it
niyati
A sheet of parly white fibrous tissue that takes the place of tendon in flat muscles having a wide area of attachment
mishra
what is the difference between sex and gender?
Hridya Reply
Those are synonyms
Ferrel
What is Physiology?
Nancy Reply
The study of functions of the human body.
Evans
study of human body
obaidullah
The biochemical study of any organism (eg. different systems) is called Physiology.
Doctor
which category of bone is among the most numerous in the skeleton?
DAMSON Reply
what is a nutrition ?
Jitu Reply
Nutrition is the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.
Gloria
Nutrition is the process of taking food and using it for growth , repair and metabolism ...
Om
how many parts of bone
Amir Reply
know the meaning of both messages
Amir
what is the name of suture that is present between frontal. parietal. occipetal ...
Amir
what is the name of suture that is present between frontal. parietal. occipetal ...
Amir
Coronal suture present between frontal and parietal bone and lambdoid suture present between parietal and occipital bone ...
Om
Squamous suture
Ferrel
& where is the squamous suture ?
Ferrel
what is meant by synovial joint? and what is this role
Fozia
type of joint that is found between bones that move against each other. it's function is to prevent bone friction
Ferrel
epinephrine is the true meaning of epi
Michele Reply
what does the word 'epi' means
Melex Reply
good evening, my question is what are function of metal in human body like aluminum?
Yosef Reply
please want you to help me in understanding digestive system
Hamidu Reply
this is muscular system?
Patel Reply
bruh moment
Viana
It is an organ system consisting of skeletal ,smooth and cardiac muscles
mishra
im too retarded to be here
Viana
naww Viana, I know it's hard to absorb info, I'm having the same issue, but keep practising, chin up.
Katarina
what is the question
Amir
to have a better understanding as to how our human bodies function. the knowledge we gain can improve our quality of life. Without our study of anatomy how could a doctor know what prescription to give us when our bodies is being attacked by a bacteria? We wouldn't!
Robin Reply
discuss nervers system in human being life.
Allen Reply
neuralgia what is other name of it
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