Peripheral Circulation and Its Control Mechanism

  • Kailash Prasad


The peripheral circulation is concerned with the transport of blood, blood flow distribution, exchange between blood and tissue, and storage of blood (venous system). It comprises the systemic circulation, which supplies blood to all parts of the body except the lungs, and the pulmonary circulation, which supplies blood to the lungs. Its function is to alter the blood distribution to meet the needs of the different tissues. The aorta is mainly an elastic structure. Peripheral arteries become more and more muscular until the arterioles, where the muscular layer predominates (as described in Chapter 1).


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