Cardiac Phys - Central and neural control of BP

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What is the primary monitored and regulated variable of the cardiovascular system?

Mean arterial BP

Why is it important to regulate MAP?

To ensure that all organs receive the same driving force of blood flow. To ensure that alteration in flow to a given tissue does not significantly impact other tissue vascular beds

How is flow to individual organs controlled?

Changes in arteriolar resistance

How do you calculated MAP (2 ways)


What are the two major contributors to TPR?

Arteriolar radius, blood viscosity

Explain the measurment of arterial BP

Inflate the cuff so that there is no blood flow through the artery. Release the pressure just enough so that flow is turbulent and produces Korotkoff sounds. When the vessel is open enough to allow for laminar flow, no sound will be heard

What is prehypertension?

Systolic = 120-139
Diastolic = 80-89

What is Stage 1 hypertension?

Systolic = 140-159
Diastolic = 90-99

What is stage 2 hypertension?

Systolic = greater than or = to 160
Diastolic greater than or = to 100

How is BP regulated short term (secs to mins)

By neural control acting on the heart, vasculature, adrenal medulla

How is the BP regulated long term (hours-days)?

endocrine/paracrine control acting on the vasculature and kidneys (maintenance of ECF)

What are the two types of receptors involved in the neural reflexes involved in BP regulation?

1. Baroreceptors
2. chemoreceptors

What are baroreceptors and what are two types?

Mechanoreceptors that detect stretch/distention
1. High pressure receptors
2. Low pressure receptors

What are chemoreceptors?

Detect changes in blood PO2, PCO2 H+

Where are the primary CNS integration centers for the regulation of BP?

Medulla, cerebral cortex, hypothalamus

What are the effectors in the neural reflexes involved in BP regulation?

1. Cardiac myocytes (pacemaker and contractile)
2. Arterial and Venous vascular SM cells (VSMCs)
3. Adrenal medulla

Where are the two most important high pressure baroreceptors located?

Aortic arch and carotid sinus

How do the high pressure baroreceptors respond to increased stretch (pressure)?

With receptor potentials. Depolarizing inward current. This is a graded response - the amplitude is proportional to the amount of stretch

Why are high-pressure barorecpetors considered a bi-phasic response?

Large initial depolarization (dynamic), steady depolarization (static)

What do the high-pressure barorecptors detect and what is their response?

Detect waveform and amplitude of pressure fluctuations. Increase both firing rate and number of receptors to communicate increases in pressure up to about 200 mm Hg

What is the baroreceptor reflex?

Stretch detected by carotid and aortic baroreceptors = vasodilation and bradycardia

Explain (step by step) the baroreceptor reflex.

1. baroreceptors detect a rise in pressure
2. relay this message to the medulla vai afferent pathways.
3. Medulla is the coordinating center that then sends out signals via efferent pathways to the heart and blood vessels
4. Heart and blood vessels respond with bradycardia and vasodialtion to counteract the increased MAP

What is the integration center for regulation of BP?

Medullary cardiovascular center

What does the medullary cardiovascular center receive input from?

1. Baroreceptors (high and low pressure receptors)
2. Chemoreceptors (centeral and peripheral)
3. Higher brain centers (hypothalamus and cerebral cortex)
4. Respiratory center in the medulla

What does increased baroreceptor firing produce in the ANS?

Inhibition of sympathetic output and excitation of parasympathetic output

What results from normal tonic output of the baroreceptors (in terms of TPR)

Promotes vasoconstriction. Excitation of neurons in the vasomotor area leads to vasoconstriction

What effect does the increased pressure have on baroreceptors in terms of TPR?

Increases baroreceptor firing -> inhibition of vasomotor area inhibits vasoconstriction. Results in vasodilation

What effects does increased pressure have on the baroreceptors in terms of HR?

Increased pressure increases baroreceptor firing -> excitation of neurons in the cardioinhibitory area -> promotes parasympathetic response -> decreased heart rate

How does a decreased CO (and likely decrease in MAP effect arterial PO2, PCO2 and H+?

Decreased CO likely decreases MAP which can lead to a decreased arterial PO2, increased PCO2 and H+

How do the peripheral chemoreceptors respond to a decrease in arterial PO2, increased PCO2 and H+ in terms of TPR?

Peripherial chemoreceptors excite the vasomotor center causing vasoconstriction (this is the opposite of the baroreceptor response)

How do peripheral chemoreceptors respond to a decrease in arterial PO2, increase in PCO2 and H+ in terms of HR?

Peripheral chemoreceptors excite the cardioinhibitory center leading to a decreased HR (similar to baroreceptor response)

What is the isolated chemoreceptor response (independent of respirtation?)

1. decrease in PO2 and increased PCO2 and H+ is detected by the peripheral chemorecptors
2. Afferent paths send the signal to the medulla
3. Medulla sends message down efferent path to the effectors (heart and blood vessels) resulting in bradycardia and vasoconstriction

What is the difference in HR produced by the chemoreceptor when breathing is prevented and when it is not?

Bradycardia occurs only when ventilation is fixed or prevented (ie breath holding). The effects of breathing overcome the intrinsic cardiovascular response producing tachycardia

What is the intrinsic effect of chemorecptor response to hypoxia?

Vasoconstriction and bradycardia (oberved during forced apnea - isolated from respiratiory response)

What is the integrated response to hypoxia? Why?

Tachycardia. In the medulla, respiratory center response to chemoreceptor input impacts the cardiovascular center response

What is responsible for the overall increase in HR as a response to hypoxia?

The primary effect of arterial chemoreceptor stimulation on HR is to excite the cardiac vagal center in the medulla and thus decrease HR. Chemoreceptor stimulation also excites the respiratory center in the medulla. The consequent hypocapnia and increases in lung inflation tend to inhibit the medullary vagal center. Thus, the overall increase in HR response is the result of these opposing influences.

What is the effect of chemoreceptors on ventilation in response to a drop in PO2/increase in PCO2/H+? Where are these changes detected?

Decreased PO2 detected by peripheral chemoreceptors. Increased PCO2 and H+ is detected by central chemoreceptors. Both variables stimulate increased ventilation

How does an increase in ventilation lead to an increase in HR, TPR and MAP?

1. Afferents from the pulmonary stretch receptors inhibit the cardioinhibitory center resulting in an increased HR
2. Increased ventilation lowers PCO2 (decreased H+) in the brain, inhibiting the cardioinhibitory center -> increased HR
3. Ultimately results in increased sympathetic output (increasing HR, TPR, MAP)

How does the central chemoreceptor influence the vasomotor center and what is the response.

A high arterial PCO2 (ie low brain pH) stimulates the central chemoreceptors, disinhibits the vasomotor center. This results in an increasein sympathetic output and vasoconstriction

summarize the response of chemoreceptors to changes in PO2 and PCO2

A low PO2 acting on the periopheral chemorecptor and a high PCO2 acting on the central chemoreceptor act in concert to enhance vasoconstriction.

How do low pressure baroreceptors respond to increased VR and atrial filling?

Response to increased low pressure baroreceptor activity due to increased VR and atrial filling is to try to eliminate fluid by increasing HR and by decreased vasoconstriction to the kidneys (increased renal blood flow - increased urine output)

Where are low pressure baroreceptors found?

A type receptors are mainly in the body of the right atrium B type receptors are mainly in the superior and inferior vena cava

What carries the afferent axons from the low pressure barorecptors to the medulla?

Tha Vagus nerve

What do A fibers monitor?

Heart rate (fire during atrial systole)

What do the B fibers monitor?

Atrial volume (fire during ventricular systole, increase rate with atrial filling)

What impacts atrial filling and volume?

Central venous pressure (CVP) which is indicative of effective circulating volume and VR

What is the Bainbridge reflex?

Tachycardia caused by increased venous return. Influence on SA node

When is the degree of HR increase by the Baincridge reflex the greatest?

A low baseline HR

What provides the counterbalance to the baroreceptor reflex for regulation of HR?

Increased stretch of high pressure receptors -> decreases HR
Increased stretch of low pressure receptors -> increases HR

How does increased right atrial pressure influence the HR via the baroreceptor reflex?

Increases right atrial pressure -> increased CO ->increased arterial pressure -> baroceptor reflex -> decreased HR

How does increased right atrial pressure influence HR via the Bainbridge reflex?

Increased Right atrial pressure leads to stimulated atrial receptors which stimulates the Bainbridge reflex which results in increased HR

What would determine the change in HR induced by an IV infusion?

HR results from the opposing reflex actions of the Bainbridge reflex increasing HR and the baroreceptor reflex decreasing it

What are the sympathetic effects on MAP?

Increases TPR by vasoconstriction. Increases CO by increasing HR (CO = HRxSV)

What is the sympathetic influence on the adrenal medulla and therefore on MAP

Sympathetic influence promotes the release of Epi and some NE into the blood. Epi acts on the heart and vasculature (contributing to the hormonal regulation of BP)

what is the primary neural control of TPR?

Sympathetic influence on arterial SM

What sympathetic receptors produce vasoconstriction of arteriolar SM and what do they like to bind?

alpha 1 and preferentially NE

What sympathetic receptors produce vasodialation of arteriolar SM and what do they like to bind? Where do you find these receptors?

Beta-2 preferentially bind Epi (skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle, liver, adrenal medulla)

What is the parasympathetic influence on arterioles and TPR?

Does not have general widespread impact on arterioles, minimal influence on TPR

What are 4 extrinsic controls of arteriolar radius?

1. sympathetic activity (vasoconstricion)
2. Epi and NE
3. Angiotensin II
4. Vasopressin (ADH)

What are 4 intrinsic (local) controls of arteriolar radius?

1. Local metabolic changes in O2 CO2 and other metabolites
2. Histamine (involved in injury and allergic response)
3. Heat, cold application (therapeutic use)
4. Myogenic response to stretch

What are two major contributors to blood viscosity?

1. Number of RBCs
2. Concentration of plasma proteins

What are the two major contributors to TPR?

1. Arteriolar radius
2. Blood viscosity

What sympathetic fibers innervate muscular arteries and arterioles and veins?

Postganglionic sympathetic fibers

Where are vasoconstrictor fibers found? (places with most and least)

Widely dispersed but most concentrated in kidneys and skin least concentrated in heart and brain

How dor sympathetic fibers produce vasoconstriction? What is the exception the general rule?

NE binds adrenoceptors on VSMC resulting in generalized vasoconstriction. Exception is skeletal muscle where sympathetic response can promote vasodilation

How does vasodilation occur in muscular arteries, arterioles and veins?

Skeletal muscle - sympathetic response can produce vasodilation
Most other tissues - vasodilation occurs by decreasing sympathetic vasoconstriction

How does the sympathetic NS effect the HR and SV (contractility)?

Increases both!

How does the sympathetic NS increase HR?

Binding of B1 adrenergic receptors in pacemaker cells results in increased HR. B1 agonists stimulate:
1. If (diastolic Na+ current): increases steepness of phase 4 slow depolarization
2. Ica (Ca current): increases steepness of phase 4 slow depolarization.
Results in increased rate of slow depolarization phase 4 (phase 4) and negative shift in the AP -> shorter AP duration which results in an increased HR

How does the sympathetic NS increase contractility?

Receptors in the atrial and ventricular myocardial contractile cells. Catecholamines increase contractility (pos inotrophy) by increasing calcium availability for increased contractile force

How do catecholamines increase Ca++ availability for increased contractile force?

1. Increase Ca++ influx (increased calcium influx and increased calcium dependent calcium release from the SR)
2. Increased sensitivity of the SR calcium release channel to calcium
3. Increased SERCA calcium pump activity increasing Ca++ stores
4. Increased calcium influx increases SR calcium stores over time

What are the parasympathetic effects on MAP?

TPR (primarily indirect promotion of vasodilation)
CO=HRxSV (decreased HR)
But it has less influence on TPR than the sympathetic NS does

Where are parasympathetic vasodilator fibers found?

1. Salivary and GI glands
2. Erectile tissue of the external genitalia

How does the parasympathetic indirectly cause vasodilation?

Postganglionic parasympathetic ACh indirectly causes vasodilation

What is the effect of the parasymp NS on HR and SV

Decreases HR (slows conduction)
Some decreased contractility (decreases SV)

What maintains the normal vagal tone of the heart?

ACh released by postganglionic parasympathetics

How does the parasympathetic NS slow the HR?

by hyperpolarization of pacemaker cell membrane and decreased slope of slow depolarization phase (phase 4). Increased K current, decreased funny and calcium current

What is the effect of increased K+ permeability on HR?

More neg max diastolic potential

What is the effect of decreased funny current in the SA node?

Decreases slow depolarization rate (steepness of phase 4)

What is the effect if decreased calcium current in the SA node?

Decreases slow depolarizaton rate (steepness of phase 4) Threshold more pos

What is the overall effect of ACh on HR?

Longer time for depolarization the threshold, decreased HR

What is the higher control of the cardiovascular end organs?

Medullary cardiovascular control center -> hypothalamus mesencephalon -> cortex of brain

How does the Para NS effect the SA node?

Decreases rate of depolarization to threshold, decreases HR

How does the Symph NS affect the SA node?

Increases rate of depolarization to threshold; increases HR

How does the Para NS affect the AV node?

Decreases excitability, increases AV nodal delay

How does the symph NS effect the AV node?

increases excitability, decreases AV nodal delay

How does the parasymp NS affect the ventricullar conduction pathway and the ventricular muscle?

It doesn't!

How does the symph NS effect the ventricular conduction pathway?

Increases excitability, hastens conduction through bundle of His and purkinje cells

How does parasymp NS effect the atrial muscle?

Decreases contractility, weakens contraction

How does the symp effect the atrial and ventricuar muscle?

increases contractility, strengthens contraction

How does the parasymp NS effect the adrenal medulla and the veins?

It doesn't!

How does the sympathetic NS effect the adrenal medulla?

Promotes adrenomedullary secretion of Epi, a hormonone augments the sympathetic NS actions on the heart

How does the sympathetic NS effect the veins?

Increases venous return which incresaes strength of cardiac contraction through Frank Starling mechanism

What are the two opposing influences on the SA nodal firing rate?

1. Parasymp Activation: decreases HR decreases contractility (ACh on muscarinic receptors)
2. Sympathetic activation: increases HR and increases contractility (NE on B1 receptors)

What are the four major hormones that regulate BP by controlling the blood vessel radius?

1. Epi
2. Angiotensin II (ANG II)
3. ADH
4. Arginine Vasopression (AVP, Vasopressin)

What are the 4 main hormones that regulate the BP by controlling the blood volume?

1. ADH
2. Arginine Vasopressin (AVP, Vasopressin)
3. Aldosterone
4. Atrial natriurtic peptide (ANP)

What hormone controls the HR and SV in regulation of BP?


What are 5 vasoactive endocrine/paracrine factors that impact vasoconstriction (impact blood flow and MAP?)

1. Epi (through a1 receptors)
2. 5-HT
4. AVP
5. Endothelin

What are 6 vasoactive endocrine/paracrine factors that impact vasodialation (impact blood flow and MAP)? These have an intermediate/long term response.

1. Epi (through beta 2 receptors)
2. Histamine
3. ANP
4. Bradykinins
5. PGE2, PGI2

What is more powerful, paracrine or endocrine control of blood vessel contraction/relaxation?

Paracrine - usually

How do vasoactive endocrine/paracrine compounds effect BP?

Released into blood or near vascular SM which influences vasomotor tone impacting TPR and the BP

Where does Epi come from and what does it do?

Adrenal gland
Vasoconstriction via alpha 1
Vasodilation via Beta 2

Where does ANGII come from and what does it do?

Converted from ANG I by ACE in lungs
Vasoconstricttion (ie: released during blood loss or exercise. Reduction of renal BP -> stimulates renin release)

Where do ADH/AVP come from and what do they do?

From post pit gland, causes vasoconstriction (ie: released during hemorrhagic shock)

Where does histamine come from and what does it do?

Released in response to tissue trauma. arteriolar vasodilation, venoconstriction

Where does ANP come from and what does it do?

Atrial myocytes, vasodilation

How does the endocrine system control BP in long term response time?

Nonvasoactive factors impact the effective circulating blood volume through regulation of extracellular fluid volume. (impacts MAP and CO)

What is the key effector organ in the long-term regulation of blood volume? (MAP)

The kidney (rate of sodium excretion and water in the urine)

What is the renin angiotensin aldosterone system?

A slow, hormonal mechanism used in the long-term blood pressure regulation by adjustment of blood volume

What are renin, angiotensin I & II?

Renin is an enzyme. Angiotensin I is inactive. Angiotensin II is physiologically active

What degrades angiotensin II?

Angiotensinase. One of the peptide fragments (angiotensin III) has some of the biological activity of angiotensin II

What are the steps in the renin-angiotension-aldosterone system?

1. Decrease in renal perfusion pressure causes the juxtaglomerular cells of the afferetnt arteriole to secrete renin.
2. Renin is an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of angiotensinogen to angiotensin I in plasma.
3. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) catalyzes the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II primarily in the lungs

How do ACE inhibitors work?

Block the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II and therefore decrease BP

How do angiotensin receptor antagonists work?

Block the action of ANG II at its receptor and decrease BP

What are the 4 effects of ANG II?

1. Stimulates the synthesis and secretion of aldosterone by the adrenal cortex
2. Increases sodium and H+ exhange in the proximal convoluted tubule (directly increases Na+ reabdorption, complementing the indirect stimulation of sodium reabsorption via aldosterone
3. Increases thirst
4. Causes vasoconstriction of the arterioles, thereby increasing TPR and arterial pressure

What does aldosterone do?

Increases sodium reabsorption by the renal distal tubule, thereby increasing extracellular fluid vol, blood vol and arterial pressure. The action of aldosterone is slow b/c it requires new protein synthesis.

What is the result of the actions of RAAS?

Increased sodium reabsorption = increased osmolarity, increased ECF vol, increased BP

What does the renal juxtaglomerular apparatus do?

Macula densa cells detect a decrease in osmolarity, decreased ECF volume and decreased BP so they secrete renin

what are the 2 effects of ANGII?

Stimulates production of aldosterone by adrenal gland

What does aldosterone do?

Secretuon by the adrenal cortex triggered by angiotensin II. Promotes sodium reabsorption by the kidneys (sodium moves back into the blood) water follows by osmosis

Where does atrial natiuretic peptide come from and what does it do?

Cardiac atrial cells (low pressure baroreceptors) detect increased wall stretch (indicates inreased blood volume). They secrete ANP (vasodilator and diuretic). This results in decreased sodium reabsorption. Increased excretion leads to natriuresis. Water follows in urine. Results in decreased osmolarity, decreased ECF volume, decreased BP. Opposes RAAS.

How does the hypothalamus regulate water reabsorption?

The hypthalamus detects an increase in osmolarity and decides that fluid needs to be retained. It stimulates the post pit gland to secrete Vasopressin (ADH), increased water permeability of the distal tubule and collecting duct (increased aquaporins) increased water reabsorption

What does ADH/Vasopressin do?

Opens aquaporinins, forms concentrated urine, conserves water through reabsorption, increases BP

Summarize the effetcs of RAAS, ANH/ANP, ADH/AVP on BP

RAAS: increase BP
ANH/ANP: decrease BP
ADH/AVP increases BP

What is responsible for fast acting regulation of BP?

1. CNS ischemic
2. Baroreceptors
3. Chemoreceptors

What is responsible for intermediate acting regulation of BP?

1. Stress-relaxation
2. Capillary fluid shift
3. Renin angiotension vasoconstriction

What is responsible for long term regulation of BP?

1. aldosterone
2. renin-blood volume pressure controle

What is the key CV variable that is monitored and regulated?


What are the 3 determining factors of BP?


What are the receptors in short term regulation of BP (central and neural)

High and low prssure baroreceptors

What is the key integration center for short term regulation of BP?

Medullary cardiovascular system

What are the effectors of short term regulation of BP?

Heart, vasculature, adrenal medulla

What results from high pressure baroreceptor reflex?

Bradycardia and vasodilation (increased parasymp, decreased sympathetic)

What results from intrinsic and intergrated chemoreceptor reflexes?

Intrinsic: Bradycardia and vasoconstriction
Integrated with respiration: tachycardia and vasoconstriction

What resulst from low pressure baroreceptor reflexes?

tachycardia and decrease blood volume (via renal vasodilation, increased urine output)

What are the sympathetic NS effects on MAP?

Increase MAP by:
1. Increased HR (beta-1) increasedd funny and calcium current (inceases steepness of phase 4 slow depolarization)
2. Increase TPR (primarily through alpha 1) widespread vasoconstriction
3. Increase SV (calcium, contractility)

What are the parasympathetic NS effects on MAP?

1. Decrease HR (via muscarinic receptors) - potassium current increased, funny and calcium decreased. (hyperpolarization of pacemaker cell membrane and decreased slope of slow depolarization phase (phase 4)

What is the time frame for hormonal regulation of BP and how does it work?

Intermediate and long term
Vasoactive/nonvasoactive substances

Wehat are the key hormones involved in the regulation of BP?

1. Epi
2. RAAS (increase BP)
3. Atrial Naturetic hormone (decreased BP)
4. ADH/vasopression (increases BP)

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