Blood Pressure, Dr. D. Penney

Similarities in- and differences between arteries and veins

  • Aorta - much elastin is consistent with Windkessel function.

  • Arteriole - much smooth muscle is consistent with control function.

  • Capillary - endothelium only is consistent with exchange function.

  • Veins - much collagen acts as safety factor in over-filling, rupture.


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