Design and physiology of arteries and veins | Physiology of Capacitance Vessels

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The venous system is an often ignored, yet vital component of the cardiovascular system. Besides conducting blood from the capillaries back to the heart, either active regulation of venous tone through its own vascular smooth muscle or passive events often associated with contraction of adjacent skeletal muscle have profound effects on cardiac output and therefore arterial blood pressure. These vessels, as their name implies, also store most of the blood volume in the circulatory system of fishes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Fish Physiology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780080923239
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011


  • Fahraeus-Lindqvist effect
  • Mean circulatory filling pressure
  • Stressed blood volume
  • Unstressed blood volume
  • Vascular capacitance
  • Veins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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