2Arterial SystemArteries – vessels that carry blood away from the heart to arterioles. The aorta is the largest artery in the body carrying blood from the heart to the tissues.Arteries have elastic walls that allow it to first expand as blood passes through then snap back again. This movement keeps blood flowing in the right direction, and provides an additional pumping motion to help force the blood through the blood vessels.
3AneurysmAn aneurysm occurs when the inner wall of the artery begins to bulge. When a rupture or blockage occurs in the arterial wall, parts of the brain don't get the blood and oxygen they need which may lead to stroke.Blood from the arteries passes into smaller arteries called arterioles.
4ArteriolesBlood from the arteries passes into smaller arteries called arterioles.Vasoconstriction occurs when the arterioles contract decreasing blood flow to the tissues. Ex: turning pale when in a state of fearVasodilation occurs when the arterioles dilate increasing blood flow to the tissues. Ex: blushing when in a state of nervousness
5Capillaries Arterioles carry blood to capillaries. Capillaries – smaller blood vessels that carry blood to larger venules. Because of their small diameter red blood cells must travel through capillaries in single file. Nearly every tissue within the body is within 0.1 mm of a capillary.
6Capillaries : the Site of Gas and Fluid Exchange Capillaries are the site of fluid and gas exchange between the blood and cells.Capillaries are composed of a single layer of cells. This allows capillaries to provide cells with oxygen, glucose, and amino acids via diffusion through the thin capillary walls.Endocytosis and exocytosis result in the exchange of protein.
7CapillariesOxygenated blood, which appears red in colour, takes on a purple-blue colour as it leaves the capillary. The deoxygenated blood collects in small veins called venules.
8Venous SystemVenules – merge into veins with an even greater diameter.Veins – vessels larger than venules that return blood back to the heart.Once blood reaches the veins after passing the fine network of capillaries it is travelling very slowly.Unlike arteries veins are unable to contract and thus another mechanism must be used to move blood back to the heart.
9Blood VesselsHow then does blood flow get back to the heart?1) Veins have valves that open in only 1 direction helping push the blood toward the heart and overcoming the force of gravity.2) Muscles surrounding the veins exert pressure on the veins which also helps push blood toward the heart.
10Blood Vessels: A Comparison Arteries have strong walls capable of withstanding great pressure. Veins are not able to withstand great pressure.Veins have thinner walls but a larger inner circumference. As a result veins lack the elasticity of the artery, but have a greater capacity to carry blood.The venous system contains twice as much blood as the arterial system.
11ARTERYCAPILLARYVEINWall is composed of 3 layers of cellsWall is one cell thickThinner wall than arteryHigh elasticityNo elasticityLittle elasticity but has valvesSmaller diameter than veinsvery narrow diameterLarger diameter than arteriesCarries blood away from the heartSite of gas exchange with tissue cellsCarries blood toward the heart
12Varicose VeinsIf valves do not function properly gravity carries blood to the feet and blood pooling occurs. This results in veins distending/expanding.Both genetics and lifestyle are factors.