Flashcards in Cardiovascular System Deck (35)
What are the characteristics of a vein?
large diameter, thin wall, more connective tissue, fewer elastic and muscle fibres
What is capacitance?
Ability of blood vessel to increase the volume of blood it holds without a large increase in pressure
How does blood get from the legs to the heart?
muscle contraction, thoracic pump causes negative pressure when breath in and out from diaphragm, valve prevents backflow
What does calf muscle pump failure lead to?