Pulmonary Hemodynamics

Saurabh Aggarwal, Christine M. Gross, Robert J. Porcelli, Stephen M. Black

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Abstract

The pulmonary circulation system is the only system through which the entire cardiac output passes. The major role of pulmonary circulation is respiratory gas exchange. Therefore, to facilitate this role, pulmonary circulation is a low-pressure, high-flow system. Pulmonary circulation can accommodate any changes in blood flow due to relative passivity and the ability to recruit unperfused vessels. Several factors such as gravity, lung inflation, alveolar surface tension, and blood viscosity can influence pulmonary circulation under both physiological and pathological conditions. For instance, in an upright position, gravity increases both blood flow and ventilation in caudal regions, with a greater change in blood flow than ventilation. As a result, there is a gradual decrease in ventilation-to-perfusion ratios from the apex to the base of the lung in an upright position. The inflation of the lung can compress and distort vessels and alter blood flow through pulmonary circulation. The alveolar surface tension attenuates lung capillary resistance and promotes capillary blood flow. In contrast, an increase in blood viscosity or hematocrit decreases pulmonary flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComparative Biology of the Normal Lung
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages205-243
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)9780124045774
ISBN (Print)9780124047266
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 18 2015

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Pulmonary Circulation
Hemodynamics
Lung
Blood Viscosity
Surface Tension
Economic Inflation
Gravitation
Ventilation
Capillary Resistance
Ventilation-Perfusion Ratio
Hematocrit
Cardiac Output
Blood Vessels
Gases
Pressure

Keywords

  • Blood viscosity
  • Gravitational forces
  • Pulmonary arterial pressure
  • Pulmonary blood flow
  • Pulmonary blood volume
  • Pulmonary vascular resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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Aggarwal, S., Gross, C. M., Porcelli, R. J., & Black, S. M. (2015). Pulmonary Hemodynamics. In Comparative Biology of the Normal Lung: Second Edition (pp. 205-243). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-404577-4.00014-X

Pulmonary Hemodynamics. / Aggarwal, Saurabh; Gross, Christine M.; Porcelli, Robert J.; Black, Stephen M.

Comparative Biology of the Normal Lung: Second Edition. Elsevier Inc., 2015. p. 205-243.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Aggarwal, S, Gross, CM, Porcelli, RJ & Black, SM 2015, Pulmonary Hemodynamics. in Comparative Biology of the Normal Lung: Second Edition. Elsevier Inc., pp. 205-243. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-404577-4.00014-X
Aggarwal S, Gross CM, Porcelli RJ, Black SM. Pulmonary Hemodynamics. In Comparative Biology of the Normal Lung: Second Edition. Elsevier Inc. 2015. p. 205-243 https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-404577-4.00014-X
Aggarwal, Saurabh ; Gross, Christine M. ; Porcelli, Robert J. ; Black, Stephen M. / Pulmonary Hemodynamics. Comparative Biology of the Normal Lung: Second Edition. Elsevier Inc., 2015. pp. 205-243
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