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4 clinical conditions that can result from ABP control being disrupted

Hypertension, Cardiac failure, Cardiac arrhythmia and circulatory shock


what is hypertension?

ABP > 140/90 mmHg in humans.


why is hypertension bad?

overwork of the heart, damage to blood vessels.
[leading to cardiac failure, cardiac arrhythmia and ischaemic damage (restriction of blood supply and therefore oxygen) to organs e.g. stroke]


what physiological features does hypertension result from?

raised TPR and/or raised MSFP (failure of homeostasis).[treatment focuses on restoring to normal values]


what is the cause of 90% of hypertension and what is it associated with?

'essential hypertension', no clearly defined cause.
Linked to genetic factors and age.


what is the ~10% of hypertension with clear cause defined as?

secondary hypertension.


what is the most common cause of secondary hypertension?

kidney disease. (kidneys important for hormonal control of circulatory volume through controlling angiotensin II levels.)


what can also cause secondary hypertension (but not main cause)

excess adrenaline from pheochromocytoma tumour (activating sympathetic receptors)


what can be used to reduce MSFP to treat secondary hypertension?

reducing circulatory volume (with diuretics) and hormone antagonists blocking renal signalling


example of hormone antagonists that block renal signalling

ACE Inhibitors


what can be used to reduce TPR as treatment for secondary hypertension?

drugs causing arteriolar vasodilatation e.g. Ca2+ channel blockers such as nifedipine


what lifestyle changes can also help treat hypertension ?

exercise; lowers *mean resting* blood pressure. (even through raises ABP during the exercise)


why is it important to treat secondary hypertension ?

reduces risk of; stroke, heart disease, heart failure, dementia and death


why is it important to make sure patients with hypertension understand why they are being treated?

can be asymptomatic, drugs can cause side effects that make them feel less well. (even tho preventing fatal harm) [also hypotension is symptomatic]


what is it pessary to ensure when doing a trial for new hypertension treatment?

study design does not influence stress levels of participants as this can affect ABP


what is atherosclerosis ?

build up of inflammatory lipid deposits beneath endothelium of blood vessels. Progress to form fibrous and calcific layers


why does atherosclerosis cause problems?

- Narrows blood vessels and resistrics flow
- endothelial damage which promotes clotting (thrombosis, local and distant)
- weakening blood vessel walls, leading to aneurysm.


how is hypertension linked to atherosclerosis ?

hypertension accelerates the development of atherosclerosis by damage to endothelium (other risk factors; obesity, diabetes and smoking)


circulatory effects of hypertension

increase risk of atherosclerosis and abnormal blood vessels might rupture under pressure.


what are coronary arteries?

arteries that supply the HEART with blood


cardiac effects of hypertension

atherosclerosis affects coronary arteries, which can result in cardiac ischaemia (patient feels pain)


what des ischaemia literally mean?

stopping blood. (leads to inadequate oxygen supply)


why is cardiac ischaemia a particular problem in hypertension?

heart has to pump blood into arteries, raised arterial pressure increases work demand for heart


what is hypertrophy?

enlargement of cells and increase in mass


difference between eccentric hypertrophy and concentric hypertrophy in the heart (eccentric and concentric)

eccentric; due to exercise, ventricular volume INCREASES along with the muscle mass.
concentric; muscle expands inwards, DECREASES ventricular volume.


3 major problems due to concentric hypertrophy

- increased myocardial oxygen demand
- Diastolic dysfunction, cardiac filling and stroke volume is impaired
- increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias


what can concentric hypertrophy lead to?

ventricular dilatation - heart can't empty fully (systolic dysfunction)


diastolic vs systolic dysfunction

diastolic - less compliant to filling
systolic - less contractile


what does diastolic and systolic dysfunction produce?

cardiac failure


what is cardiac failure?

cardiac output that is inadequate for the body's needs.
(CO insufficient to maintain body target arterial blood pressure)