ROLE OF THE VEINS IN SHOCK
OKLAHOMA UNIV MEDICAL CENTER OKLAHOMA CITY
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Research in recent years has provided new information on the function of veins under a variety of conditions. The primary purpose of this paper was to allude to studies describing changes in function or activity of the venous system in shock and to develop an analysis of these observations leading to a mechanistic understanding of the role of the veins in this form of stress. This review has emphasized the two major dynamic functions of veins that is, resistance and capacitance functions, which are influenced by both passive and active factors. A variety of experimental techniques has been developed to qualify the resistance and capacitance functions of the veins in shock. These procedures are outlined and discussed in the paper. It is clearly evident that the neural, humoral, and reflex activities on the veins are very complex and widespread, and a better understanding of their inter-relationships within the venous system and between the veins and other portions of the vascular tree must await further investigation.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medicine and Medical Research