The Nervous, Endocrine, and Cardiovascular Systems
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Throughout this volume we are concerned with activity and reactivity in the cardiovascular system during psychological stressors. Cardiovascular activity is mediated by the nervous and endocrine systems. Accordingly, we shall now examine the necessary details of each system, and also look at how they interact to produce the cardiovascular responses that are the topic of this text. It should be acknowledged that some aspects of the organization of this chapter are based on that used by Rushmer (1989) in his description of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system, and the reader is referred to his work for further details.
KeywordsCardiac Output Mean Arterial Pressure Autonomic Nervous System Sympathetic Nervous System Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia
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